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Offical Name Commonwealth of Virgina
Nicknames Mother of Presidents, Old Dominion
Abbreviations VA, US-VA
Origin of Name After Queen Elizabeth I of England, the "Virgin Queen"

Official Language English
Admission to Union 25 June 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Richmond
Largest City Virginia Beach
Population 7,196,750 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: cattle, tobacco, peanuts, dairy

Industry: software, communications, consulting, defense, coal mining

Area 42,793 square miles (110,862 km2)
Major Rivers Potomac River, Rappahannock River, Shenandoah River, James River
Major Lakes John H. Kerr Reservoir, John W. Flannagan Reservoir, Lake Moomaw, Philpott Lake, Pound Lake, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Highest Point Mount Rogers - 5,729 feet (1,747 meters)
Bordering States Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Kentucky
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Atlantic Ocean,Chesapeak Bay

Flag Virginia Flag
Motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" - Thus Always to Tyrants
Song Emeritus Carry Me Back to Old Virginia
Artisans Center Artisans Center of Virginia
Gold Mining Interpretive Center Monroe Park
Emergency Medical Services Museum To the Rescue
Folklore Center The Blue Ridge Institute
Sports Hall of Fame Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Motor Sports Museum Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame
War Memorial Museum Virginia War Museum
Dog American Foxhound
Bat Virginia Big-Eared Bat
Bird Cardinal
Insect Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Fish Brook Trout
Shell Oyster Shell
Fossil Chesapecten Jeffersonius
Floral Emblem American Dogwood
Tree Dogwood
Beverage Milk
Outdoor Drama The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama
Historical Outdoor Drama The Long Way Home
Fleet Discovery, Godspeed, Susan Constant
Boat Chesapeake Bay Deadrise

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