Make a good investment: Capital vs. capitol

Here’s some valuable information for authors: the difference between capital and capitol.

Capital has a number of definitions, but the one most confused with capitol is when referring to a city that is a governmental or administrative center, as in The capital of Georgia is Atlanta. It also can refer to a city of prominence in some industry or field, as in Detroit is the capital of the auto industry.

Capitol refers to the building where the governing legislature meets, such as The California Assembly was in session at the capitol today.

By memorizing this difference, you now should have good regulation of your writing.


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.