Virginia Facts

Virginia Facts

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Virginia.

Capital
Richmond

Became a State
June 25, 1788 (10th)

Location
southeastern United States

Area
42,774 sq. miles (35th)

Population
8,001,024 (12th)

Major Cities
Virginia Beach, Richmond, Norfolk, Alexandria, Chesapeake, Roanoke, Suffolk

Products
cattle, tobacco, peanuts, tomatoes, hay, sweet potatoes, poultry, coal, lumber

Climate
part of the state is humid subtropical climate – in the mountainous areas, climate becomes humid tropical with hot summers and mild wild winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 34 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River Atlantic Intracostal Waterway, James River, Rappahannock River, Shenandoah River

Most Famous Citizens
George Washington (United States President)
Thomas Jefferson (United States President)
James Madison (United States President)
James Monroe (United States President)
William Henry Harrison (United States President)
John Tyler (United States President)
Zachary Taylor (United States President)
Woodrow Wilson (United States President)
Willa Cather (author)
Pocohonatas (Indian woman)
Cyrus McCormick (inventor)
Booker T. Washington (educator)
Henry Clay (statesman)
Robert E. Lee (Confederate Soldier)
Richard E. Byrd (polar explorer)
Ella Fitzgerald (singer)
Patrick Henry (statesman)

State Symbols
Bird – Cardinal
Flower – Dogwood
Animal – Fox Hound
Tree – Dogwood
Insect – Swallowtail Butterfly