Virginia is the 12th most populous and the 35th most extensive of the 50 states of the United States. It is in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The state attained statehood on June 25, 1788, becoming the 10th state to join the union. Its five bordering states are Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Virginia (nicknamed: Mother of Presidents, Old Dominion) has 95 counties. The state’s capital is Richmond.
Interesting Facts About Virginia
- Virginia was named for England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I.
- Eight United States Presidents were born in Virginia: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
- The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco and many of the people who live there earn their living from the tobacco industry.
- The 18 miles long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is the world’s largest bridge-tunnel complex. Comprising of two bridges and two-mile-long tunnels, it stretches over the mouth of Chesapeake Bay and ties the city of Cape Charles with Norfolk.
- Earthquakes in Virginia are rarely devastating because of their weak magnitude. The state experienced its largest earthquake of 5.9 magnitudes in 1897 near Blacksburg.
- After California, Virginia has the second-highest concentration of tech workers of any state in the U.S.
- Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia. Its population is expected to surpass 500,000 residents by 2010.
- About 1/2 of all the people in the United States live within a 500-mile radius of the Capital of Virginia.
- Virginia is also called the “Mother of the states“ because of its role in being carved into other states such as Kentucky.
- Virginia takes credit for 1 out of 10 personalized license plates registered in the U.S. Virginia is truly for vanity plates lovers.
- In Virginia, more people work for the United States government than any other industry. About 1/4 of Virginia’s workers.
- Union Passenger Railway was the first successful electric street railway transit agency. It was formed in 1888 at Richmond.
- The Pentagon, which houses the US Department of Defense, located in Arlington, is the largest office building in the world. It’s big enough to fit the entire U.S. Capitol into just one of the sides of the building.
- The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
- Bristol is legally two cities but they share the same main street. One in Virginia and one in Tennessee each with its own government and city services.