Virginia (VA)

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Quick Facts

Capital City: Richmond

Abbreviation:  VA

Population (2019): 8,260,405; Rank: 12 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:   South

Admission to Statehood:  June 25, 1788 (10th State)

State Motto: Sic semper tyrannis

State Nickname: The Old Dominion State

Origin of State Name:   Named after England’s Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen”

Area Codes:  276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804

Zip Codes:   Virginia Zip Codes




State Symbols

Bird:  Cardinal | List of State Birds

Flag:  A deep blue field contains the seal of Virginia with the Latin motto “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – “Thus Always to Tyrants”. Adopted in 1776. The two figures are acting out the meaning of the motto. Both are dressed as warriors. The woman, Virtue, represents Virginia. The man holding a scourge and chain shows that he is a tyrant. His fallen crown is nearby. Get this Flag

Flower:  Dogwood (Cornus florida) | Other State Flowers

Soil: Pamunkey


Tree: Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida) | Other State Trees

Quarter: Virginia Quarter | List of State Quarters




  • Area: 42,769 sq.mi (110,771, 35th
  • Land: 39,598 sq.mi. (102,558, 37th
  • Water: 3,171 sq.mi. (8,213, 15th
  • Coastline: 112 mi. (180 km.), 15th
  • Shoreline: 3,315 mi. (5,335 km.), 8th

Largest Cities:  Norfolk | Chesapeake | Richmond | Newport News | Alexandria | Hampton Roanoke | Portsmouth | Suffolk

Border States:   Kentucky | Maryland | North Carolina | Tennessee | West Virginia | List of US Regions

Highest Point:  Mt. Rogers ; 5,729 feet, (1,746 m.), 19th tallest

Lowest Point:  Virginia; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

Geographic Center:  5 miles southwest of Buckingham

National Parks:
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Assateague Island National Seashore
Blue Ridge Parkway
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Colonial National Historical Park
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
Petersburg National Battlefield Park
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Prince William Forest Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Shenandoah National Park
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts




State Government

Governor:  Ralph Northam (D)

Senators:   Mark Warner (D) Tim Kaine (D)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:  Virginia’s Constitution , 10th State

Electoral College Votes:  13 Votes