Statehood: June 25, 1788, the 10th state
Total Area: 35th
among states, 110,785 sq km (42,774 sq mi)
Water Area: 7,068
sq km (2,729 sq mi)
Highest Point: Mount
Roger, 1,746 m (5,729 ft)
12th among states
2010 census - 8,001,024
Population Density in 2010: 202.6
people per sq mi
Distribution in 2000:
71.5% Urban, 28.5% Rural
Gross State Product - $427.7
Personal income per Capita - $43,874 (2009)
Largest cities in 2010:
Virginia Beach: 437,994
The Atlantic Flyway, a route for birds migrating along the Atlantic coast,
crosses Virginia, and the state provides
important resting and feeding grounds.
of Virginia's prestige, the Confederate capital was moved on May
21, 1861, from Montgomery, Alabama, to Richmond.
was the birthplace of many U.S. presidents,
including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James
Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler,
Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
Virginia was the site of
the surrenders ending the American Revolution (Yorktown) and the
Civil War (Appomattox).
Tobacco was once
Virginia's sole economic crop.
The Chesapeake Bay
Bridge Tunnel is the world's largest bridge-tunnel complex.
Patrick Henry made his
"Give me Liberty or Give me Death" speech in St. John's
Church in Richmond.
Opened in 1964, the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel is 18 miles long and has two bridges
and two mile-long tunnels. It extends over the mouth of Chesapeake
Bay and connects the cities of Cape Charles and Norfolk.
especially the Federal government and military, has replaced tobacco
as the state's number one industry.
Jamestown was the first
English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of
Virginia has had 3
capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond.
Virginia is the home
base for the United States Navy's Atlantic Fleet.