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State Facts

Full Name

State of West Virginia

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

June 20, 1863 (35th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

1,808,344 (37th)

Land Area (Rank)

24,078 square miles; 62,361 square kilometers (41st)

Capital

Charleston

Postal Abbreviation

WV

State Nickname

Mountain State

Motto

Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)

Songs

  • “West Virginia Hills” (music by H. E. Engle, words by Ellen King),
  • “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home” (music by Col. Julian G. Hearne, Jr.),
  • “This Is My West Virginia” (music by Iris Bell)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Big rhododendron
  • Tree: Sugar maple
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Gem: Mississippian fossil coral
  • Stone: Black bear
  • Colors: Blue and gold

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Cattle,
    • dairy products,
    • poultry,
    • apples
  • Industry:
    • Chemical products,
    • mining,
    • primary metals,
    • stone,
    • clay,
    • glass products,
    • tourism