Fast Facts About Virginia

Almost everything you might want to know about Virginia. (And if you're a Jeopardy fan, try this page.)

Location

Located midway between New York and Florida, Virginia is the gateway to the South. It is also sometimes classified in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Commonwealth is bordered by Washington, D.C., the nation's capital, and Maryland to the north; the Atlantic Ocean to the east; North Carolina and Tennessee to the south; and West Virginia and Kentucky to the west.

Geography

Western Virginia is mountainous, covered by the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountains with the great Shenandoah Valley falling between the ranges. The central piedmont region, with its rolling hills, flattens out into the sandy coastal plain toward the Atlantic Ocean.

Climate

Mild with four distinct seasons

Area

42,767 square miles

Population

8,260,045 (2013 estimate per US Census Bureau)

Capital

Richmond (since 1780)

Popular Tourist Attractions

Western: Abingdon, Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bristol, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Lexington, Luray Caverns, Natural Bridge, Roanoke, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Drive, Staunton, Winchester

Central: Charlottesville and Monticello, Danville, Kings Dominion, Petersburg, Richmond

Northern: Alexandria, Arlington and Arlington National Cemetery, Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg National Battlefield Parks, Mount Vernon, Potomac Mills, Little Washington

Coastal: Williamsburg area, including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown; Norfolk; Virginia Beach; and Chincoteague/Assateague on the Eastern Shore

Famous Virginians

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