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|Commonwealth of Virginia|
|Nickname(s): Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents|
|Motto(s): Sic semper tyrannis|
|Largest city||Virginia Beach|
42,793 sq mi |
|- Width||200 miles (320 km)|
|- Length||430 miles (690 km)|
|- % water||7.4|
|- Latitude||36°31'N to 39°37'N|
|- Longitude||75°13'W to 83°37'W|
|Number of people||Ranked 12th|
178.8/sq mi (69.03/km2)|
|- Average income||$53,275 (7th)|
|Height above sea level|
|- Highest point||
5,729 ft (1,747 m)
|- Average||950 ft (290 m)|
|- Lowest point||
|Became part of the U.S.||June 25, 1788 (10th)|
|Governor||Terry McAuliffe (D)|
Tim Kaine (D)|
Mark Warner (D)
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
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 used to be part of Virginia. When the American Civil War happened, Virginia 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.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/elvadist/elvadist.html#Highest. Retrieved 2006-11-9.