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|Commonwealth of Virginia|
|Anthem: "Our Great Virginia"|
Map of the United States with Virginia highlighted
|Before statehood||Colony of Virginia|
|Admitted to the Union||June 25, 1788 (10th)|
|Largest city||Virginia Beach|
|• Governor||Ralph Northam (D)|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Justin Fairfax (D)|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Delegates|
|U.S. House delegation|
|• Total||42,774.2 sq mi (110,785.67 km2)|
|Elevation||950 ft (290 m)|
|Highest elevation||5,729 ft (1,746 m)|
|Lowest elevation||0 ft (0 m)|
|• Density||206.7/sq mi (79.8/km2)|
|• Density rank||14th|
|• Median household income||$71,535|
|• Income rank||10th|
|• Official language||English|
|• Spoken language|
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (EDT)|
|ISO 3166 code||US-VA|
|Latitude||36° 32′ N to 39° 28′ N|
|Longitude||75° 15′ W to 83° 41′ W|
|The Flag of Virginia.|
|The Seal of Virginia.|
|Bird(s)||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)|
|Butterfly||Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus)|
|Fish||Brook trout, striped bass|
|Insect||Tiger Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus)|
|Slogan(s)||Virginia is for lovers|
|Tartan||Virginia Quadcentennial Tartan|
|Released in 2000|
|Lists of United States state insignia|
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.
Native Americans were the first people to settle in Virginia.
Virginia became a state in 1788 after the American Revolution. Before it became a state of the United States, Virginia was one of the Thirteen Colonies of Great Britain. Virginia was founded (started) in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia.
The state of West Virginia was part of Virginia until the American Civil War. Virginia then 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.
The first African-American slaves were sent to Virginia.
Virginia has many industries like local and national government, military, farming, technology and business. Many Virginians work for the government because it is next to Washington, D.C.. The Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, as well as the National Science Foundation are in Northern Virginia. Farming is the main industry in the state, making 334,000 jobs. Tomatoes, Peanuts, Tobacco, and hay are grown in Virginia. Technology is a fast growing industry. Virginia is 4th in technology workers after California, Texas, and New York.
- "Median Annual Household Income". 2017. https://www.kff.org/other/state-indicator/median-annual-income/?currentTimeframe=0&selectedRows=%7B%22states%22:%7B%22virginia%22:%7B%7D%7D%7D&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
- "Articles, facts & infographics about Virginia Agriculture" (in en-US). https://www.farmflavor.com/virginia-agriculture/.
- "Key Industries | Virginia Economic Development Partnership". https://www.vedp.org/key-industries.
- "Virginia loses tech jobs but maintains highest concentration in U.S. - Washington Post". 2013-01-17. https://web.archive.org/web/20130117085622/http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-10-04/business/35279112_1_tech-jobs-techamerica-foundation-jobs-in-software-services.