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Virginia

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Location of Virginia State


Capital: Richmond

Population: 8,185,867 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News, Alexandria

Borders: North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $445,876 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including tomatoes, soybeans, peanuts, tobacco, and hay
Computer chips, communications technology, military, data centers, lumber, and the federal government

How Virginia got its name: The name Virginia comes from Queen Elizabeth I, who was known as the Virgin Queen.

Atlas of Virginia State
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Virginia State Symbols

State Nickname: Old Dominion

State Slogan: Virginia is for Lovers

State Motto: Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)

State flower: American Dogwood

State bird: Cardinal

State fish: Brook trout

State tree: American Dogwood

State mammal: American Foxhound

State foods: Ham

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, June 25, 1788

Number admitted: 10

Prior Name: Virginia Colony, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: VA

Virginia State Map


The Geography of Virginia

Total Size: 39,594 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Rogers at 5,729 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Grayson-Smyth (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Buckingham County approx. 5 miles southwest of Buckingham (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 95 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River, James River, Rappahannock River, Buggs Island Lake, Philphott Lake, Lake Anna, Smith Mountain Lake

Famous People

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Professional Sports Teams

Virginia has no major professional sports teams.

Geography >> US States>> Virginia History

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