Virginia

Commonwealth of Virginia
Flag of Virginia State seal of Virginia
Flag Seal
Nickname(s):
"Old Dominion", "Mother of Presidents and the Mother of Statesmen"
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(English: Thus Always to Tyrants)[1]
State song(s): "Our Great Virginia"
Official languageEnglish
Spoken languagesEnglish 86%,
Spanish 6%
Other 8%
DemonymVirginian
CapitalRichmond
Largest cityVirginia Beach
Largest metroBaltimore-Washington Metro Area
AreaRanked 35th
 • Total42,774.2 sq mi
(110,785.67 km2)
 • Width200 miles (320 km)
 • Length430 miles (690 km)
 • % water7.4
 • Latitude36° 32′ N to 39° 28′ N
 • Longitude75° 15′ W to 83° 41′ W
PopulationRanked 12th
 • Total8,470,020 (2017 est.)[2]
 • Density206.7/sq mi  (79.8/km2)
Ranked 14th
 • Median household income$61,486[3] (14th)
Elevation
 • Highest pointMount Rogers[4][5]
5,729 ft (1746 m)
 • Mean950 ft  (290 m)
 • Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean[4]
Sea level
Before statehoodColony of Virginia
Admission to UnionJune 25, 1788 (10th)
GovernorRalph Northam (D)
Lieutenant GovernorJustin Fairfax (D)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Delegates
U.S. SenatorsMark Warner (D)
Tim Kaine (D)
U.S. House delegation7 Democrats
4 Republicans (list)
Time zoneEastern: UTC −5/−4
ISO 3166US-VA
AbbreviationsVA, Va.
Websitewww.virginia.gov

Lua error: Internal error: The interpreter has terminated with signal "24".Lua error: Internal error: The interpreter has terminated with signal "24". Virginia is a state in the United States. Its capital is Richmond and its largest city is Virginia Beach. The official name of Virginia is the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia is bordered (touching) by West Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia (across the Potomac River) to the north, by Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, by North Carolina and Tennessee to the south, and by Kentucky and West Virginia to the west.

Virginia became a state in 1788 after the American Revolution.

Before it became a state of the United States, Virginia was one of the Thirteen Colonies of Great Britain. Virginia was founded (started) in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia.

The state of West Virginia was part of Virginia until the American Civil War. Virginia then left (seceded from) the United States and joined the Confederate States of America. The western counties of Virginia seceded from Virginia to form a new state which was loyal to the Union. After the end of the Civil War, Virginia became part of the United States again in 1870, but the counties that had left to start West Virginia did not join Virginia again.

Virginia is the state where eight United States presidents were born. This is more than any other state.


Economy

Virginia has many different industries like local and national government, military, farming, technology and business.[6][7] Many Virginians work for the government because it is next to Washington, D.C.. The Central Intelligence Agency,Department of Defense, as well as the National Science Foundation are in Northern Virginia . Farming is the main industry in the state making 334,000 jobs.[6] Tomatos, Peanuts, Tobacco, and hay is grown in Virginia. Technology is a fast growing industry. Virginia is 4th in technology workers after after California, Texas, and New York. [8]

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