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Virginia State Facts

Population (1994): 6,552,000 (12th in size)

State size: 40,767 square miles (36th in size)

State Capital: Richmond (named after the city of Richmond in England)

Major cities: Hampton Roads, Richmond and Roanoke

Admission to union: The 10th State

Date entered the union: June 25, 1788

Origin of state name: Named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the "Virgin Queen" because she was never married.

Nicknames: The Old Dominion

Bordering states: Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee

State bird: Cardinal

State flower: Flowering Dogwood

State tree: Dogwood

Motto: Thus Ever to Tyrants


Geographic Landmarks

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The Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge Mountains


Points of Interest

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Major Industries

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Tobacco farming is one of the major industries, along with other types of farming.

There are also some natural resources, such as coal, and some manufacturing in the area.

Virginia Major Industries


Historical Highlights

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Virginia provided many leaders including George Washington and Robert E. Lee.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Virginia

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Virginia State Flag

Virginia State Flag


Virginia State Government home page

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