( The Old Dominion )
Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, the Queen of England. Virginia is the tenth one of the original 13 states to join the Union (1788). Virginia holds an important place in American history, as it was home to many of the founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry. Four of America's first five presidents were Virginians. During the Civil War, Richmond, Virginia's capital, was the capital of the Confederacy. Virginia was the site of some of the most important events in American history. The first permanent English settlement was established by the Virginia Company at Jamestown in 1607. Famous homes include George Washington's Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, and tidal rivers offer beach sports, sailing and fishing.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Virginia include:
The Flag of Virginia|
Ratified the Constitution in 1788 as the 10th State, flag adopted in 1861. The Latin motto is reflected in the design of the seal, which shows a woman subduing a king. Around the edges are vines of the ivy known as Virginia creeper.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Virginia Beach, 425,257; Norfolk, 234,403; Chesapeake, 199,184; Richmond, 197,790; Newport News, 180,150; Hampton CDP, 146,437; Alexandria, 128,283; Portsmouth, 100,565; Roanoke, 94,911; Lynchburg, 65,269
Business and Trade in Virginia
Agriculture: Cattle, poultry, dairy products, tobacco, hogs, soybeans.
Industries: Cattle, poultry, dairy products, tobacco, hogs, soybeans.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Cardinal
- Flower: Dogwood (cornus florida)
- Tree: Dogwood (cornus florida)
- Motto: Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)
7,078,515 (178.8 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 37th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Illicit Drug Use
Housing: In Virginia, there are 2,904,192 housing units, averaging to 73.3 per sq mile.