West Virginia Facts

West Virginia Facts

West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the north, and Maryland to the northeast. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Washington.


Became a State
June 20, 1863 (35th)

Appalachia/southern United States

24,230 sq. miles (41st)

1,859,815 (37th)

Major Cities
Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Morgantown

livestock, coal, oil drilling, farming (on a limited basis because of the mountainous terrain over much of the state

humid subtropical climate in lower elevations of the extreme southwestern part of the state, with hot, humid summers and cold winters – the rest of the state has a humid continental climate with warm to hot, humid summers and cold winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 41 inches

Professional Sports Teams
no professional sports teams

Major Waterways
Guyandotte River, Greenbrier River, Ohio River

Most Famous Citizens
Pearl S. Buck (author)
George Brett (baseball player)
Stonewall Jackson (Confederate general)
Mary Lou Retton (gymnast)
Chuck Yeager (test pilot)

State Symbols
Bird – Cardinal
Flower – Rhododendron
Animal – Black Bear
Tree – Sugar Maple
Insect – Monarch Butterfly

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