Virginia Facts

Virginia Location In The US Virginia State Map

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation VA
State Capital Richmond
State Size Total (Land + Water): 42,774 sq miles; Land Only: 39,594 sq miles
Number of Counties 95
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Highest PointMount Rogers, 5,729 feet
National ParksShenandoah National Park
State Population (2015)8,382,993
State Population Density211.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Virginia Beach (437,994)
Norfolk (242,803)
Chesapeake (222,209)
Arlington (207,627)
Richmond (204,214)

Government & Legislature

Statehood June 25, 1788
Electoral Votes13
State Flag Virginia State Flag
GovernorOfficial Virginia Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Virginia
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Virginia
State SenatorsList of Virginia State Senators
State DelegatesList of Virginia State Delegates
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionVirginia State Constitution
Road ConditionsVirginia Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date October 16, 2000

State Symbols

State BatVirginia big-eared bat
State Bird Cardinal
State BoatChesapeake Bay deadrise
State DogAmerican foxhound
State DrinkMilk
State Flower American dogwood
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State FossilCheaspecten jeffersonius
State Fresh Water FishBrook trout
State InsectTiger swallowtail butterfly
State Maple FestivalHighland County Maple Festival
State Motto Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
State Nickname The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents
State Salt Water FishStriped bass
State ShellEastern oyster
State Song"Our Great Virginia" (traditional), "Sweet Virginia Breeze" (popular)
State Tree American dogwood

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams None
NCAA Division I Schools George Mason University (Atlantic 10)
Hampton University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
James Madison University (Colonial Athletic Association)
Liberty University (Big South)
Longwood University (Big South)
Norfolk State University (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
Old Dominion University (Conference USA)
Radford University (Big South)
University of Richmond (Atlantic 10)
University of Virginia (ACC)
Virginia Commonwealth University (Atlantic 10)
Virginia Military Institute (Southern)
Virginia Tech (ACC)
College of William & Mary (Colonial Athletic Association)


State Gas Tax$0.2233 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.30 / Pack

Virginia Fun Facts

  • Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.
  • Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the American Continent. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
  • The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia is the largest office building in the world.
  • The first theater in America was built at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1716.
  • Virginia is the first state in the United States to elect a black governor: Douglas Wilder was elected as Governor in 1990.
  • Virginia was one of the two states that donated land to build Washington D.C. The other state was Maryland.
  • The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
  • Virginia is the only state with an official State Bat: Virginia big-eared bat.
  • In Virginia, it is illegal to hunt wild animals on Sundays with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.

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