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State Facts

Full Name

Commonwealth of Virginia

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

June 25, 1788 (10th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

7,078,515 (12th)

Land Area (Rank)

39,594 square miles; 102,548 square kilometers (37th)

Capital

Richmond

Postal Abbreviation

VA

State Nicknames

  • The Old Dominion,
  • Mother of Presidents

Motto

Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)

Song

“Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” (music and words by James A. Bland)

State Symbols

  • Flower: American dogwood
  • Tree: Flowering dogwood
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Dog: American foxhound
  • Shell: Oyster shell

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Cattle,
    • poultry,
    • dairy products,
    • tobacco,
    • hogs,
    • soybeans
  • Industry:
    • Transportation equipment,
    • textiles,
    • food processing,
    • printing,
    • electric equipment,
    • chemicals