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State of Virginia and What It Is Known for

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

This sign welcomes people to Virginia. It includes the cardinal which is the state bird, and the dogwood which is the state tree and flower.

This sign welcomes people to Virginia. It includes the cardinal which is the state bird, and the dogwood which is the state tree and flower.

Old Dominion, Mother of Presidents

The state of Virginia is officially known as the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" because of its status as the first colonial possession established in mainland British America and the "Mother of Presidents."

Eight United States presidents were born in Virginia, more than in any other state. Notice from the chart that some of the first presidents were born in counties in Virginia.

U.S. Presidents Born In Virginia

Number and Name of President

1 - George Washington, Westmoreland County, Virginia

3 -Thomas Jefferson, Shadwell, Virginia in Albemarle County

4 - James Madison, Belle Grove in Port Conway, Virginia

5 - James Monroe, Monroe Hall in Westmoreland County

9 - William Henry Harrison, Berkeley Plantation, Virginia

10 - John Tyler, Charles City, Virginia

12 - Zachary Tayor, Barboursville in Orange County

28 - Woodrow Wilson, Staunton, Virginia

Presidents' Wives Born In Virginia

Six presidents' wives were born in Virginia.

  1. Martha Washington
  2. Martha Jefferson
  3. Rachel Jackson
  4. Letitia Tyler
  5. Ellen Arthur
  6. Edith Wilson

Arlington National Cemetery

Seven presidents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

  1. George Washington
  2. Thomas Jefferson
  3. James Madison
  4. John Monroe
  5. John Tyler
  6. William Howard Taft
  7. John F. Kennedy

John Tyler was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

History of Virginia

Virginia was one of the 13 original colonies in the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

Map of Virginia

Geography of Virginia

  • Virginia is the 35th largest state in the United States.
  • Virginia's total area is 42,774.2 square miles, including 3,180.13 square miles of water.
  • The Atlantic Ocean is to the east of the state.
  • Virginia extends to the low-water mark of the south shore of the Potomac River.
  • Virginia is divided into five regions from east to west.
Five Regions of Virginia

Tidewater

Piedmont

Blue Ridge Mountains

Ridge and Valley

Cumberland Plateau

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth where this writer lives. Many Virginians don't know that Richmond has not always been the capital. In fact, Virginia has had three capitals.

  1. Jamestown was Virginia's capital until 1699.
  2. Then Virginia’s capital was moved to Williamsburg.
  3. Richmond became Virginia’s state capital in 1779 and continues to be the state capital.
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Richmond is not the largest city in Virginia. In fact, Richmond is the fifth-largest city. Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia. See the chart below of the cities that are larger than the capital city.

Virginia Cities According To Population

CityPopulation

Virginia Beach

448,479

Norfolk

246,139

Chesapeake

230,571

Arlington

224,114

Richmond

214,114

Newport News

182,020

Alexandria

148,892

Hampton

136,699

Roanoke

98,465

Portsmouth

96,205

Richmond: The Happiest City in Virginia

Wallethub.com released a study ranking the country’s largest cities based on the happiness of their residents. All the cities were based on 31 indicators of happiness. Some of the things studied included the depression rate, income growth rate, and average leisure time spent each day.

While Richmond did not top the list of 182 cities studied, the city came in at number 131 of all the cities in the United States and was the highest in Virginia. Norfolk ranked 134 and Newport News ranked 163. No other city in Virginia made the list.

If you are curious . . .

Fremont, California was listed as the happiest city in the United States, and Detroit, Michigan came in last.

Here is the link to find out if your city is on the list.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is not the capital, but it is the most populous city. Look at the chart to see that Virginia Beach more than doubles Richmond's population. In fact, the capital comes in at No. 5 and Virginia Beach comes in at No. 1.

Virginia Beach is not the capital of Virginia, but it is the largest city in Virginia. Its population more than doubles the population of the next largest city.

Virginia Beach is not the capital of Virginia, but it is the largest city in Virginia. Its population more than doubles the population of the next largest city.

Virginia's Motto

Virginia's motto is "Sic Semper Tyrannis." It means "Thus always to tyrants."

Virginia's Slogan

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How much do you know about Virginia?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is the capital of Virginia?
    • Virginia Beach
    • Chesapeake
    • Williamsburg
    • Richmond
  2. What used to be the capital of Virginia?
    • Richmond
    • Jamestown
    • Chesapeake
    • Virginia Beach
  3. Which is the largest city in Virginia?
    • Williamsburg
    • Chesapeake
    • Richmond
    • Virginia Beach
  4. What is the state flower?
    • Rose
    • Carnation
    • Lily
    • Dogwood
  5. What is the state bird?
    • Robin
    • Owl
    • Cardinal
    • Blue Jay
  6. What is the state motto?
    • Virginia is strong.
    • Virginia is for lovers.
    • Hail to birthplace of eight U.S. Presidents
    • Sic semper tyrannis
  7. What is the state slogan?
    • Sic semper tyrannis
    • Lovers in Virginia
    • Virginia is for lovers
    • Get married in Virginia

Answer Key

  1. Richmond
  2. Jamestown
  3. Virginia Beach
  4. Dogwood
  5. Cardinal
  6. Sic semper tyrannis
  7. Virginia is for lovers

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