Virginia Facts


Virginia Location In The US Virginia State Map

Virginia is known for:

  • Appalachian Trail
  • The Arlington National Cemetary
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
  • Presidential homes
  • Capital of the Confederacy
  • Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas

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
Tallest Building The Westin Virginia BeachTown Center in Virginia Beach, 508 feet
Largest StadiumLane Stadium in Blacksburg, capacity 66,233
National ParksShenandoah National Park
State Population (2020)8,631,393
State Population Density218.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804, 826, 948
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Virginia Beach (451,231)
Chesapeake (247,011)
Norfolk (242,803)
Richmond (232,226)
Newport News (179,062)

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
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateOctober 6, 2014
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 (Conference USA)
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)

Table Tennis Clubs in Virginia

City Table Tennis Club
ChantillyNorthern Virginia Table Tennis Center
Newport NewsNewport News Table Tennis Club
RichmondRichmond Table Tennis Club
SterlingSmash Table Tennis

Popular Tourist Attractions

UNESCO Heritage Sites

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Virginia. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Virginia Wine Expo February to March Richmond
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival April to May Winchester
Tephra ICA Arts Festival May Reston
Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival May Norfolk
Norfolk Harborfest June Norfolk
Balloons Over Rockbridge July Lexington
Virginia Highlands Festival July Abingdon
Flying Circus Airshow August Bealeton
Richmond Jazz And Music Festival August Richmond
Virginia Peanut Festival September Emporia
State Fair of Virginia September to October Doswell
Richmond Folk Festival October Richmond

Popular Iconic Virginia Foods

Virginia is famous for the following foods:

  • Brunswick Stew
  • Country Ham
  • Peanut Soup
  • Virginia Peanut Pie
  • Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab
  • Barbecue
  • Ham Biscuits
  • Pimento Cheese

Three-Star Michelin Restaurants

Virginia has 1 three-star Michelin restaurant:

Restaurant City Cuisine
The Inn at Little Washington Washington American, French

Famous People Born In Virginia

Nobel Prize Winners

United States Presidents

  • George Washington (1st President)
  • Thomas Jefferson (3rd President)
  • James Madison (4th President)
  • James Monroe (5th President)
  • William Henry Harrison (9th President)
  • John Tyler (10th President)
  • Zachary Taylor (12th President)
  • Woodrow Wilson (28th President)

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Bill Dudley (Halfback. Inducted in 1966)
  • Ace Parker (Quarterback. Inducted in 1972)
  • Rosey Brown (Offensive Tackle. Inducted in 1975)
  • Willie Lanier (Linebacker. Inducted in 1986)
  • Fran Tarkenton (Quarterback. Inducted in 1986)
  • Henry Jordan (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 1995)
  • Lawrence Taylor (Linebacker. Inducted in 1999)
  • George Allen (Coach, General Manager. Inducted in 2002)
  • Bruce Smith (Defensive End. Inducted in 2009)
  • Charles Haley (Defensive End, Linebacker. Inducted in 2015)
  • Kenny Easley (Strong Safety. Inducted in 2017)
  • Ronde Barber (Safety, Cornerback. Inducted in 2023)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Eppa Rixey (Pitcher. Inducted in 1963)
  • Ray Dandridge (Third Baseman. Inducted in 1987)
  • Leon Day (Pitcher. Inducted in 1995)
  • Jud Wilson (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2006)
  • Pete Hill (Center Fielder. Inducted in 2006)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Moses Malone (Center-Forward. Inducted in 2001)
  • Ralph Sampson (Center. Inducted in 2012)
  • Alonzo Mourning (Center. Inducted in 2014)
  • Allen Iverson (Guard. Inducted in 2016)
  • Bob Dandridge (Forward. Inducted in 2021)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Sandra Bullock
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • George C. Scott

Famous Singers

  • Chris Brown
  • Missy Elliott
  • Parrell Williams

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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