Is Being a Top 10 City a Good Thing? Not for Pierre
When it comes to state capital cities, South Dakota's has a few things working against it.
First and foremost, Pierre's location, which somewhat is equidistant from the major population centers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, is extremely inconvenient for just about everyone to get to, with the closest interstate 35 miles away.
It also suffers from a lack of people, just 13,954 at last count, making it the second smallest capital city in America, trailing only Montpelier, Vermont (population 7,988).
And while there are some great hunting and fishing opportunities in the area, there are no major tourist attractions in the greater Pierre area to lure people in for a visit.
When you consider all of that, it's no big surprise that South Dakota's capital city is one of the country's least memorable.
Just 68 percent of quiz takers remembered the name of South Dakota's capital city, which was the seventh worst overall.
MOST FORGETTABLE STATE CAPITAL CITIES (% who remembered)
- Jefferson City, Missouri: 61.5%
- Concord, New Hampshire: 62.1%
- Charleston, West Virginia: 62.7%
- Frankfort, Kentucky: 65.4%
- Columbia, South Carolina: 65.8%
- Montpelier, Vermont: 66.3%
- Pierre, South Dakota: 68.0%
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: 68.9%
- Montgomery, Alabama: 69.0%
- Bismarck, North Dakota: 69.1%
Not surprisingly, the states with some of the largest capital cities dominated the most memorable list.
MOST MEMORABLE STATE CAPITAL CITIES (% who remembered)
- Austin, Texas: 86.3%
- Sacramento, California: 85.8%
- Honolulu, Hawaii: 85.6%
- Boston, Massachusetts: 85.2%
- Atlanta, Georgia: 84.8%
- Denver, Colorado: 84.8%
- Albany, New York: 84.3%
- Salt Lake City, Utah: 83.6%
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 83.5%
- Tallahassee, Florida: 82.3%
Back in South Dakota, results of another Sporcle quiz shed some insight into which cities in the Mount Rushmore State are the least memorable.
On the list of the ten most populated cities in the state, Huron, home of the State Fair and the world's largest pheasant statue, and the self-proclaimed center of 'Ringneck Nation' is most frequently forgotten, with just 30.9% remembering it.
SOUTH DAKOTA'S MOST FORGOTTEN CITIES (% who remembered)
- Huron 30.9%
- Spearfish 38.2%
- Yankton 39.5%
- Watertown 40.7%
- Mitchell 43.2%
- Brookings 44.9%
- Aberdeen 52.8%
- Rapid City 73.7%
- Sioux Falls 88.3%
- Pierre 90.0%