- U.S. State: Virginia
- Abbreviation: VA
- Joined the USA: June 25th, 1788 (10th State)
- Located: Southeastern United States
- Capital City: Richmond, VA
- Most Populated City: Virginia Beach, VA
39 Virginia Facts for Kids
- Virginia is a state in the United States of America.
- Virginia is in the southeastern region of the United States.
- Virginia became a U.S. state on Wednesday, June 25th, 1788.
- Virginia was the 10th state to join the United States.
- The U.S. state of Virginia covers 42,774 square miles.
- Virginia is the 35th largest state by area in the United States.
- In 2019, the population of Virginia was estimated to be 8,536,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- In 2019, Virginia was the 12th most populated state in the United States.
- A person who is from or lives in Virginia is called a Virginian.
- The capital city of Virginia is Richmond.
- The five largest cities in Virginia are Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Arlington and Richmond.
- The largest city in by population in Virginia is Virginia Beach.
- The largest metropolitan area in Virginia is the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area.
- The U.S. state of Virginia has 95 counties.
- The most populated county in Virginia is Fairfax County with 1,081,000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
- The largest county by area in Virginia is Pittsylvania County with 978 square miles.
- The highest elevation point in Virginia is Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet above sea level.
- The lowest elevation point in Virginia is the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean at sea level.
- The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Virginia is 44.3 inches.
- Virginia is the 19th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
- The average temperature in Virginia is 53 °F.
- Virginia is the 22nd warmest state in the United States.
- The warmest temperature ever recorded in Virginia was 110 °F on July 15th, 1954.
- The coldest temperature ever recorded in Virginia was -30 °F on January 22nd, 1985.
- A few natural disasters that can affect Virginia are heat waves, hurricanes, ice storms and nor’easters.
- Virginia is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
- The USPS abbreviation for Virginia is VA
- Virginia is also known as Old Dominion and the Mother of Presidents.
- The motto of the U.S. state of Virginia is “Thus Always to Tyrants”.
- The official state insect of Virginia is the tiger swallowtail butterfly (Papilio glaucus).
- The official state bird of Virginia is the cardinal (Cardinalidae).
- The official state freshwater fish of Virginia is the brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).
- The official state saltwater fish of Virginia is the striped bass (Morone saxatilis).
- The official state flower of Virginia is the American dogwood tree flower.
- The official state tree of Virginia is the American dogwood (Cornus florida).
- The official state fossil of Virginia is the Chesapecten jeffersonius (extinct scallop).
- Virginia was one of the first thirteen colonies.
- The first permanent English settlement in North America was in Virginia, the Jamestown settlement.
- The most well-known military cemetery is in Virginia, the Arlington National Cemetery.
Pictures of Virginia
A picture of the flag for the U.S. state of Virginia.
A picture of Richmond, the capital city of Virginia.
A picture of Virginia Beach, the most populated city in Virginia.
Additional Resources on Virginia
- About Virginia – Find more information about Virginia on the Virginia Tourism website.
- The History of Virginia – Learn about the history of the U.S. state of Virginia on the Smithfield website.
- Facts About Virginia – Discover some awesome facts about Virginia on the National Geographic Kids website.
- Virginia – Wikipedia – Read the Virginia entry on the Wikipedia website to learn more about it.