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Offical Name State of West Virginia
Nicknames Mountain State
Abbreviations WV, US-WV
Origin of Name After Queen Elizabeth I of England, the "Virgin Queen"

Official Language English
Admission to Union 20 June 1863
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site www.wv.gov

Capital Charleston
Largest City Charleston
Population 1,808,344 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: livestock

Industry: coal mining, chemical manufacturing, glass products

Area 24,244 square miles (62,809 km2)
Major Rivers Greenbrier River, Guyandotte River, Ohio River
Major Lakes Bluestone Lake, Tygart Lake
Highest Point Spruce Knob - 4,861 feet (1,483 meters)
Bordering States Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag West Virginia Flag
Motto "Montani semper liberi" - Mountaineers are always free
Day West Virginia Day, June 20th
Songs The West Virginia Hills, This Is My West Virginia, West Virginia My Home Sweet Home
Slogan Wild and Wonderful
Animal Black Bear
Bird Cardinal
Insect Honeybee
Butterfly Monarch Butterfly
Fish Brook Trout
Fossil Silicified Mississippian Fossil Coral
Flower Big Laurel
Fruit Golden Delicious Apple
Tree Sugar Maple
Gem Chalcedony
Soil Monongahela Silt Loam
Colors Blue, Old Gold

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