Virginia

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Flag of Virginia State seal of Virginia
Flag of Virginia Seal
Nickname(s): Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents
Motto(s): Sic semper tyrannis
Map of the United States with Virginia highlighted
Official language English
Capital Richmond
Largest city Virginia Beach
Area Ranked 35th
 - Total 42,793 sq mi
(110,862 km2)
 - Width 200 miles (320 km)
 - Length 430 miles (690 km)
 - % water 7.4
 - Latitude 36°31'N to 39°37'N
 - Longitude 75°13'W to 83°37'W
Number of people Ranked 12th
 - Total 7,567,465
 - Density 178.8/sq mi  (69.03/km2)
Ranked 14th
 - Average income $53,275 (7th)
Height above sea level
 - Highest point Mount Rogers[1]
5,729 ft (1,747 m)
 - Average 950 ft  (290 m)
 - Lowest point Atlantic Ocean[1]
sea level
Became part of the U.S. June 25, 1788 (10th)
Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D)
Mark Warner (D)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Abbreviations VA, US-VA
Website www.virginia.gov

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 a colony of Great Britain. Virginia was founded (started) in 1607.

The state of West Virginia used to be part of Virginia. When the American Civil War happened, Virginia 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.

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