State Abbreviation VA
State Capital Richmond
State Size Total (Land + Water): 42,774 sq miles; Land Only: 39,594 sq miles
Number of Counties 95
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone
Bordering States Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Highest Point Mount Rogers, 5,729 feet
National Parks Shenandoah National Park
State Population (2015) 8,382,993
State Population Density 211.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Virginia Beach (437,994)
State Bat Virginia big-eared bat
State Bird Cardinal
State Boat Chesapeake Bay deadrise
State Dog American foxhound
State Drink Milk
State Flower American dogwood
State Folk Dance Square dance
State Fossil Cheaspecten jeffersonius
State Fresh Water Fish Brook trout
State Insect Tiger swallowtail butterfly
State Maple Festival Highland County Maple Festival
State Motto Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
State Nickname The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents
State Salt Water Fish Striped bass
State Shell Eastern oyster
State Song "Our Great Virginia" (traditional), "Sweet Virginia Breeze" (popular)
State Tree American dogwood
•Virginia was named for England's "Virgin Queen," Elizabeth I.
•Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the American Continent. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
•The Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia is the largest office building in the world.
•The first theater in America was built at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1716.
•Virginia is the first state in the United States to elect a black governor: Douglas Wilder was elected as Governor in 1990.
•Virginia was one of the two states that donated land to build Washington D.C. The other state was Maryland.
•The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
•Virginia is the only state with an official State Bat: Virginia big-eared bat.
•In Virginia, it is illegal to hunt wild animals on Sundays with the exception of raccoons, which may be hunted until 2:00 AM.
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