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The 10th state in the USA, admitted on June 25, 1788.

Located on the Atlantic coast, Virginia is one of four constituent states of the United States who officially designate themselves Commonwealths. Over eight million people who reside in Virginia enjoy a diverse climate throughout the year however, they must tolerate tornadoes, tropical cyclones, and winter storms on a regular basis. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay provide beautiful scenery and a wonderful habitat for much of Virginia's plant and animal life. There is something for everyone in the state for lovers from Virginia Motorsports to The Arlington Arts Center, from Civil War national battle field parks to beautiful natural caverns. There are currently 120 national historical landmarks throughout the 95 counties in the Commonwealth. Included in that list are The Pentagon, the Natural Bridge, and the site of George Washington's boyhood home, known as the Ferry Farm. Virginia has a strong political history and has been dubbed the "Mother of Presidents" for giving the United States eight presidents, including Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Woodrow Wilson. Other notable people who were born in the "Old Dominion" are Booker T. Washington, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, David Arquette, and Pat Benatar.

Some facts about Virginia:

State Abbreviation: VA
Population: 8,001,024
Area: 42,774 square miles
State Nickname: Old Dominion
State Motto: Sic semper tyrannis
State Capital: Richmond
Largest City: Virginia Beach
Official Web Site: http://www.virginia.gov/


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