Virginia, US

Virginia: State of the United States of America


Virginia is a state located in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It played a pivotal role in early American history as one of the original 13 colonies.

History and Culture

Virginia has a long, rich history. It was named after England's Virgin Queen Elizabeth I. The first permanent English settlement was in Jamestown in 1607. Williamsburg served as the colonial capital. Important events include the founding of the House of Burgesses, the first elected legislative assembly in America, in 1619.

Historical attractions include colonial sites like Mount Vernon, Monticello and more than 25 National Park sites. Virginia has strong roots in early American history, culture and politics.

Geography and Climate

Virginia covers 42,775 square miles. It shares borders with Maryland, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. The landscape includes coastal plains, Piedmont region, Blue Ridge Mountains and Allegheny Plateau.

The climate varies from humid subtropical in the southeast to humid continental in higher elevations. Summers are hot and humid while winters are mild.

Economy and Industry

Virginia has the highest concentration of high-tech workers and data centers in the U.S. The Pentagon and other federal agencies contribute to Virginia’s economy. Important industries include technology, finance, tourism and the military. Coal mining is also significant.

Major corporations headquartered in Virginia include Capital One and Altria. The tourism industry brings in billions of dollars to historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg.

Government and Politics

The capital of Virginia is Richmond while its most populous city is Virginia Beach. The current governor is Glenn Youngkin, a Republican. Virginia is considered a swing state in presidential elections.

In summary, Virginia is an historic state with colonial roots and contributions to early American democracy. It continues to be influential in technology, business, politics and culture.

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Location of Virginia

Quick Facts about Virginia

Population : 8,590,563
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Virginia
Area : 110862 km2
Has part : Chesapeake
Water as percent of area : 7.68%
Land as percent of area : 92.32%
Easternmost point : Point(-75.242448 38.026878)
Northernmost point : Point(-78.347087 39.466012)
Legislative body : Virginia General Assembly
Named for : Colony of Virginia
Official language : English
Altitude : 951 feet / 290 meters
Capital : Richmond
Establishment : June 06, 1788 (235 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 11:49:24 (7th December 2023)
Seal of Virginia seal image
Seal of Virginia
Seal of Virginia seal image


Virginia is located at 37°32'53"N 77°26'48"W (37.5481200, -77.4467500). It has 6 neighbors: Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.

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The largest city of Virginia is Virginia Beach with a population of 451,231. Other cities include, Chesapeake population 247,011, Norfolk population 242,803, Richmond population 232,226 and Arlington population 229,164. See all Virginia cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Virginia (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Virginia.

City Name Title County Population
Virginia Beach The most populous city in Virginia, Virginia Beach is a major center for tourism, military, and business. City of Virginia Beach 451,231
Chesapeake The second most populous city in Virginia. City of Chesapeake 247,011
Norfolk The most populous city in Virginia. City of Norfolk 242,803
Richmond The capital of Virginia. City of Richmond 232,226
Arlington A county in Virginia. Arlington 229,164
Newport News The second most populous city in Virginia. City of Newport News 179,062
Alexandria A city in Virginia. City of Alexandria 158,726
East Hampton Town in New York City of Hampton 147,993
Hampton The second most populous city in Virginia. City of Hampton 135,464
Roanoke The most populous city in Roanoke County, Virginia. City of Roanoke 99,058
Portsmouth Heights A census-designated place in Newport News, Virginia. City of Portsmouth 99,049
Portsmouth The most populous city in Portsmouth, Virginia. City of Portsmouth 95,094
Suffolk The most populous city in Suffolk County, Virginia. City of Suffolk 93,913
Lynchburg The most populous city in Lynchburg, Virginia. City of Lynchburg 81,561
South Suffolk A census-designated place in Suffolk County, Virginia. City of Suffolk 80,690
Dale City Census designated place Prince William 65,969

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Virginia has 6 neighbours.

  • Maryland state of the United States of America
  • North Carolina state of the United States of America
  • Tennessee state of the United States of America
  • West Virginia state of the United States of America
  • Ohio state of the United States of America
  • Kentucky state of the United States of America

  • Richmond
  • King George County
  • Powhatan County
  • Martinsville
  • Warren County
  • Prince William County
  • Alexandria
  • Floyd County
  • Orange County
  • Page County
  • Campbell County
  • Portsmouth
  • Culpeper County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Patrick County
  • Williamsburg
  • Danville
  • Northampton County
  • Mathews County
  • Franklin
  • Buckingham County
  • Lancaster County
  • Pittsylvania County
  • Giles County
  • Mecklenburg County
  • Nottoway County
  • Goochland County
  • Henry County
  • Greensville County
  • Halifax County
  • Lee County
  • New Kent County
  • Hopewell
  • Dickenson County
  • Middlesex County
  • Stafford County
  • Alleghany County
  • Grayson County
  • James City County
  • Radford
  • Poquoson
  • Montgomery County
  • Washington County
  • Smyth County
  • Newport News
  • Amelia County
  • Bedford County
  • King and Queen County
  • Clarke County
  • Pulaski County
  • Caroline County
  • Roanoke County
  • Appomattox County
  • Virginia Beach
  • Bath County
  • Buena Vista
  • Isle of Wight County
  • Craig County
  • Essex County
  • Loudoun County
  • Chesterfield County
  • Fairfax County
  • Tazewell County
  • Dinwiddie County
  • Wise County
  • Wythe County
  • Westmoreland County
  • Bristol
  • Covington
  • Madison County
  • Falls Church
  • Gloucester County
  • Manassas Park
  • Norfolk
  • Charles City County
  • Franklin County
  • Hanover County
  • Lexington
  • Salem
  • Harrisonburg
  • Russell County
  • Staunton
  • Prince Edward County
  • Lunenburg County
  • Spotsylvania County
  • York County
  • Surry County
  • Prince George County
  • Sussex County
  • Galax
  • Hampton
  • Carroll County
  • Greene County
  • Rockingham County
  • Roanoke
  • Shenandoah County
  • Fredericksburg
  • Scott County
  • Buchanan County
  • Emporia
  • Botetourt County
  • Augusta County
  • Fauquier County
  • Frederick County
  • Highland County
  • Charlotte County
  • Rappahannock County
  • Colonial Heights
  • Rockbridge County
  • Winchester
  • Waynesboro
  • Southampton County
  • Suffolk
  • Accomack County
  • Petersburg
  • Cumberland County
  • Richmond County
  • Louisa County
  • Brunswick County
  • Albemarle County
  • Norton
  • Lynchburg
  • Arlington County
  • Bland County
  • Henrico County
  • Amherst County
  • Chesapeake
  • Fairfax
  • King William County
  • Northumberland County
  • Nelson County


Year Population % Change Method
1910 2,061,612 - census
1920 2,309,187 10.72% census
1930 2,421,851 4.65% census
1940 2,677,773 9.56% census
1950 3,318,680 19.31% census
1960 3,966,949 16.34% census
1970 4,648,494 14.66% census
1980 5,346,818 13.06% census
1990 6,187,358 13.58% census
2000 7,078,515 12.59% census
2010 8,001,024 11.53% census
2011 8,101,155 1.24% estimation process
2012 8,185,080 1.03% estimation process
2013 8,252,427 0.82% estimation process
2014 8,310,993 0.7% estimation process
2015 8,361,808 0.61% estimation process
2016 8,410,106 0.57% estimation process
2017 8,463,587 0.63% estimation process
2018 8,501,286 0.44% estimation process
2019 8,535,519 0.4% estimation process
2020 8,590,563 0.64% estimation process

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People born in Virginia (200)

People born in Virginia, including slave Henry Box Brown, German physician Anton Dilger, politician Zadock Cook, .


  • David Campbell (Governor of Virginia (1779-1859)) he was born in 02/08/1779
  • James Johnson (Virginia congressman) he was born in 01/01/1800
  • Duke R. Lee (actor (1881-1959)) he was born in 13/05/1881
  • John J. Kindred (American politician (1864-1937)) he was born in 15/07/1864
  • Henry King (American film director) he was born in 24/01/1886
  • A. P. Carter (American musician) he was born in 15/12/1891
  • William Henry Sheppard (African American missionary for the Presbyterian Church) he was born in 08/03/1865
  • Francis Collins (American geneticist and director of the National Institutes of Health) he was born in 14/04/1950
  • Adam Kaufman (American actor) he was born in 11/05/1974
  • William Owsley (associate justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the 16th Governor of Kentucky (1782-1862)) he was born in 24/03/1782
  • John A. Bennett (American soldier and rapist) he was born in 10/04/1935
  • Hardy Cross (American engineer) he was born in 10/02/1885
  • John Dawson (American politician (1762-1814)) he was born in 01/01/1762
  • Pell James (American actress) she was born in 30/04/1977
  • Lester Butler (American blues harmonica player and singer) he was born in 12/11/1959
  • Belle Boyd (American Confederate spy) she was born in 09/05/1844
  • Curtis Turner (American racing driver) he was born in 12/04/1924
  • John Smith (American politician) he was born in 01/01/1735

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Virginia Counties (more)

Fairfax County
Fairfax County

Fairfax County, county in Virginia, United States

Prince William County
Prince William County

Prince William County, county in Virginia, United States

Loudoun County
Loudoun County

Loudoun County, county in Virginia, United States

County Name Population
Fairfax County 1,150,847
Prince William County 475,533
Loudoun County 422,784
Chesterfield County 358,245
Henrico County 333,766
Arlington County 240,119
City of Portsmouth 215,133
Stafford County 156,748
Spotsylvania County 138,449
City of Winchester 124,295
Albemarle County 110,652
Hanover County 108,262
Montgomery County 98,391
Roanoke County 94,509
Frederick County 91,119
Rockingham County 82,346

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