Virginia State Facts and History

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Virginia Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Ralph Northam (Democrat)
  • Capital: Richmond
  • Population: 8,535,519 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 39,490.09 sq km
  • Water Area: 3,284.84 sq km
  • Total Area: 42,774.93 SQ KM
  • Width: 200 mi (320 km)
  • Length: 430 mi (690 km)
  • State Motto: “Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus Always to Tyrants)”
  • Nickname: Mother of Presidents
  • Electoral votes: 13
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 11 (of 435)
  • State Song: “no official state song”
  • Date of Statehood: June 25, 1788
  • Time Zone: Eastern (GMT − 5 hours)
  • Official Website of Virginia:
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: VA
  • Origin of name: “Virginia was named for Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the Virgin Queen. Historians think the English adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh suggested the name about 1584”.

State Symbol of Virginia

State BatVirginia big-eared bat
State BirdCardinal
State BoatChesapeake Bay deadrise
State DogAmerican foxhound
State DrinkMilk
State FlowerAmerican dogwood
State Folk DanceSquare dance
State FossilCheaspecten jeffersonius
State Fresh Water FishBrook trout
State InsectTiger swallowtail butterfly
State Maple FestivalHighland County Maple Festival
State MottoSic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
State NicknameThe Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents
State Salt Water FishStriped bass
State ShellEastern oyster
State Song“Our Great Virginia” (traditional), “Sweet Virginia Breeze” (popular)
State TreeAmerican dogwood

College & Universities

ACT CollegeHampton Roads School of TechnologySaint Pauls College
Advanced Technology InstituteHampton UniversitySanford-Brown College-Vienna
Appalachian School of LawHenrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical NursingSanz School
Argosy University-Washington D.C.Heritage InstituteSentara College of Health Sciences
Averett UniversityHeritage Institute-ManassasShenandoah University
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-ChesapeakeHicks Academy of Beauty CultureSkyline College-Richmond
Aviation Institute of Maintenance-ManassasHollins UniversitySkyline College-Roanoke
Banner College-ArlingtonHyperlearning Technologies IncSouthern Virginia University
Baptist Theological Seminary at RichmondInstitute for the Psychological SciencesSouthside Regional Medical Center Professional Schools
Bar Palma Beauty Careers AcademyInternational Beauty SchoolSouthside Virginia Community College
Blue Ridge Community CollegeITT Technical Institute-ChantillySouthwest Virginia Community College
Bluefield CollegeITT Technical Institute-NorfolkSpringfield Beauty Academy
Bon Secours Memorial College of NursingITT Technical Institute-RichmondStaunton School of Cosmetology
Braxton SchoolITT Technical Institute-SpringfieldStratford University
Bridgewater CollegeJ Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeSuffolk Beauty Academy
Bryant and Stratton College-RichmondJames Madison UniversitySuffolk Public Schools-Sentara Obici Hospital School of Practical Nursing
Bryant and Stratton College-Virginia BeachJefferson College of Health SciencesSweet Briar College
Career Training SolutionsJohn Tyler Community CollegeTap This Valley Works CET
Central Virginia Community CollegeJohnson & Wales University-NorfolkTESST College of Technology-Alexandria
Centura College-ChesapeakeLegends InstituteThe Art Institute of Washington
Centura College-Newport NewsLiberty UniversityThe University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Centura College-NorfolkLongwood UniversityThomas Nelson Community College
Centura College-Richmond MainLord Fairfax Community CollegeTidewater Community College
Centura College-Richmond WestendLynchburg CollegeTidewater Tech-Trades
Centura College-Virginia BeachLynchburg General Hospital School of NursingUnion Presbyterian Seminary
CET-AlexandriaMary Baldwin CollegeUniversity of Mary Washington
Christopher Newport UniversityMarymount UniversityUniversity of Northern Virginia
College of William and MaryMedSpa Careers InstituteUniversity of Phoenix-Northern Virginia Campus
Colonial Heights Beauty AcademyMountain Empire Community CollegeUniversity of Phoenix-Richmond Campus
Crescent Cosmetology University IncNational College-SalemUniversity of Richmond
Culpeper Cosmetology Training CenterNew Horizons Regional Education Center School of Practical NursingUniversity of Virginia-Main Campus
Dabney S Lancaster Community CollegeNew River Community CollegeVirginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing
Danville Community CollegeNnps Rrmc School of Practical NursingVirginia Commonwealth University
Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health ProfessionsNnps Rrmc School of Radiologic TechnologyVirginia Highlands Community College
DeVry University-VirginiaNorfolk State UniversityVirginia Intermont College
Eastern Mennonite UniversityNorthern Virginia Community CollegeVirginia Military Institute
Eastern Shore Community CollegeOld Dominion UniversityVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolPatrick Henry Community CollegeVirginia School of Hair Design
ECPI UniversityPaul D Camp Community CollegeVirginia School of Massage
Edward Via College of Osteopathic MedicinePiedmont Virginia Community CollegeVirginia State University
Emory and Henry CollegeRadford UniversityVirginia Union University
Empire Beauty School-MidlothianRandolph CollegeVirginia University of Lynchburg
ESI Technology Training CenterRandolph-Macon CollegeVirginia Wesleyan College
Ferrum CollegeRappahannock Community CollegeVirginia Western Community College
Fortis College-NorfolkRegent UniversityWards Corner Beauty Academy-Norfolk
Fortis College-RichmondRichard Bland College of the College of William and MaryWards Corner Beauty Academy-Virginia Beach
George Mason UniversityRichmond School of Health and TechnologyWashington and Lee University
Germanna Community CollegeRiverside School of Health CareersWashington County Adult Skill Center
Graham Webb International Academy of HairRoanoke CollegeWoodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center
Hampden-Sydney CollegeRudy & Kelly Academy of Hair and NailsWytheville Community College

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Kings Dominion
  2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  3. George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  4. Blue Ridge Parkway
  5. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  6. Colonial Williamsburg
  7. Shenandoah National Park
  8. Luray Caverns
  9. Arlington National Cemetery
  10. Water Country USA
  11. Assateague Islands
  12. Shenandoah Valley
  13. Skyline Drive
  14. Virginia Aquarium
  15. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  16. Jamestown Settlement
  17. Great Falls Park
  18. First Landing State Park
  19. USS Wisconsin

Famous Natives and Residents

Richard Arlenactor;
Arthur Ashetennis player;
Pearl Baileysinger;
Russell Bakercolumnist;
Warren Beattyactor;
George Binghampainter;
Richard E. Byrdpolar explorer;
Eric Cantorpolitical leader;
Willa Cathernovelist;
Roy Clarkcountry music artist;
William Clarkexplorer;
Henry Claystatesman;
Clarence Clemonsmusician;
Joseph Cottenactor;
Katie CouricTV newscaster;
Ella Fitzgeraldsinger;
William H. Harrisonpresident;
Patrick Henrystatesman;
Sam Houstonpolitical leader;
Thomas Jeffersonpresident;
Robert E. LeeConfederate general;
Meriwether Lewisexplorer;
Shirley MacLaineactress;
James Madisonpresident;
Moses Malonebasketball player;
Aimee Mannmusician;
John Marshalljurist;
Cyrus McCormickinventor;
James Monroepresident;
OpechancanoughPowhatan leader;
John Payneactor;
Walter Reedarmy surgeon;
Matthew Ridgwaygeneral;
Bill “Bojangles” Robinsondancer;
George C. Scottactor;
Sam Sneadgolfer;
J. E. B. Stuart Confederategeneral;
Thomas Sumtergeneral;
Zachary Taylorpresident;
Nat Turnerleader of slave uprising;
John Tylerpresident;
Michael Vickfootball player;
Booker T. Washingtoneducator;
George Washingtonfirst president;
Woodrow Wilsonpresident;
Tom Wolfejournalist.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Sandra Bullock
  2. Shirley MacLaine
  3. George C. Scott

Map of Virginia

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