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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 languageEnglish
Largest cityVirginia Beach
AreaRanked 35th
 • Total42,793 sq mi
(110,862 km2)
 • Width200 miles (320 km)
 • Length430 miles (690 km)
 • % water7.4
 • Latitude36°31'N to 39°37'N
 • Longitude75°13'W to 83°37'W
PopulationRanked 12th
 • Total7,567,465
 • Density178.8/sq mi  (69.03/km2)
Ranked 14th
 • Median household income$53,275 (7th)
 • Highest pointMount Rogers[1]
5,729 ft (1,747 m)
 • Mean950 ft  (290 m)
 • Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean[1]
Sea level
Admission to UnionJune 25, 1788 (10th)
GovernorRalph Northam (D)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
 • Upper house{{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house{{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. SenatorsTim Kaine (D)
Mark Warner (D)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

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.

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.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-9. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)