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Virginia state facts
Virginia state facts
State Abbreviation – VA
State Capital – Richmond
Largest City – Virginia Beach
Area – 42,769 square miles [Virginia is the 35th biggest state in the USA]
Population – 8,260,405 (as of 2013) [Virginia is the 12th most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents – Virginians
Major Industries – farming (tobacco, peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes, poultry, ham), tourism, US Navy warships, mining (coal), lumber (for paper and furniture), government workers
George Washington was born in Westmoreland County on February 22, 1732 (he was the 1st US President, serving from 1789 to 1797).
Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell on April 13, 1743 (he was the 3rd US President, serving from 1801 to 1809).
James Madison was born in Port Conway on March 16, 1751 (he was the 4th US President, serving from 1809 to 1817).
James Monroe was born in Westmoreland County on April 28, 1758 (he was the 5th US President, serving from 1817 to 1825).
William Henry Harrison was born in Berkeley on February 9, 1773 (he was the 9th US President, serving in 1841).
John Tyler was born in Greenway on March 29, 1790 (he was the 10th US President, serving from 1841 to 1845).
Zachary Taylor was born near Barboursville on November 24, 1784 (he was the 12th US President, serving from 1849 to 1850).
Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton on December 28, 1856 (he was the 28th US President, serving from 1913 to 1921).
Major Rivers – James River, Rappahannock River, Potomac River, Shenandoah River
Major Lakes and Bodies of Water – Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Gathright Dam (Lake Moomaw), John H. Kerr Reservoir, John W. Flannagan Reservoir, Pound Lake, Philpott Lake
Highest Point – Mt. Rogers – 5,729 feet (1,746 m) above sea level
Number of Counties – 95
Bordering States – Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia [and Washington, District of Columbia]
Bordering Bodies of Water – Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay
Origin of the Name Virginia – Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I of England (she was known as the Virgin Queen). Sir Walter Raleigh may have suggested this name around 1584.
State Nickname – Old Dominion
State Motto – “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Thus Always to Tyrants)
State Song – Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Virginia’s official state flag was adopted in 1861. The flag has a deep blue background with a white circle in the center. In the center are the words “VIRGINIA,” and “SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS” (Latin for “thus always to tyrants”). Depicting the state’s motto on the flag is the goddess Virtue (who is holding a sword and a spear), who has defeated a tyrant, who is lying on the ground, and is holding a chain and a scourge (a whip). Nearby is the tyrant’s fallen crown. Virtue symbolizes Virginia and the tyrant symbolizes Britain. Red Virginia creepers and green leaves surround the scene. A white silk fringe is on the edge farthest from the flagstaff.