Montpelier has a few distinctions of note that set it apart from other U.S. state capitals. First, with around 8,000 inhabitants, it’s the smallest state capital by population in America. Along with being least populated, Montpelier is also cited in various articles for being the only state capital that does not have a McDonald’s. Truth be told, it doesn’t have a Burger King or Wendy’s either, but no one seems to find that detail worth mentioning. My wife claims that since McDonald’s happens to be the largest, it holds more sway, but I’m unconvinced. Regardless, you’ll have to go to the Barre-Montpelier Road to satisfy a late-night Egg McMuffin craving.