|Commonwealth of Virginia|
"Old Dominion", "Mother of Presidents and the Mother of Statesmen"
|Motto(s): Sic semper tyrannis|
(English: Thus Always to Tyrants)
|State song(s): "Our Great Virginia"|
|Spoken languages||English 86%,|
|Largest city||Virginia Beach|
|Largest metro||Baltimore-Washington Metro Area|
|• Total||42,774.2 sq mi |
|• Width||200 miles (320 km)|
|• Length||430 miles (690 km)|
|• % water||7.4|
|• Latitude||36° 32′ N to 39° 28′ N|
|• Longitude||75° 15′ W to 83° 41′ W|
|• Total||8,470,020 (2017 est.)|
|• Density||206.7/sq mi (79.8/km2)|
|• Median household income||$61,486 (14th)|
|• Highest point||Mount Rogers|
5,729 ft (1746 m)
|• Mean||950 ft (290 m)|
|• Lowest point||Atlantic Ocean|
|Before statehood||Colony of Virginia|
|Admission to Union||June 25, 1788 (10th)|
|Governor||Ralph Northam (D)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Justin Fairfax (D)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Delegates|
|U.S. Senators||Mark Warner (D)|
Tim Kaine (D)
|U.S. House delegation||7 Democrats|
4 Republicans (list)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC −5/−4|
|Virginia state symbols|
The Flag of Virginia
The Seal of Virginia
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)|
|Butterfly||Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus)|
|Dog breed||American Foxhound (Canis lupis familiaris)|
|Fish||Brook trout, striped bass|
|Insect||Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus)|
|Slogan||Virginia is for lovers|
|Tartan||Virginia Quadcentennial Tartan|
|State route marker|
Released in 2000
|Lists of United States state symbols|
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.
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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References[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Virginia.|
- "Factpack" (PDF). Virginia General Assembly. January 11, 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 28, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2008.
- "Virginia: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
- Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.