45 Interesting Facts About Virginia

Last updated on July 17th, 2020

41. A City for Ice Cream Aficionados: Alexandria is the place to be if you are an ice cream lover. The Forbes magazine named Alexandria the Ice Cream Cone Capital in 2019. People love taking ice cream strolls along the city’s cobblestone streets with beautiful riverfront rambles.

Ice cream cone with ice cream
Interesting facts about Virginia. Ice cream cone with ice cream. Image credit – frankieleon

42. A City Named After George Washington’s Adopted Son’s House: George Washington Parke Custis lived in Arlington House. He owned a plantation in the estate and lived in the Arlington House till his death. His daughter inherited the house but the property was later converted into a national cemetery. Arlington House is a museum today.

43. A River That’s Ironic to its Name: the New River, one of the oldest rivers on the planet flows from the south to the north. Its formation happened before the mountains. The ancient river is the oldest in North America despite its name ‘New River’.

44. A Distinct Accent on Virginia Island: there is a wide variety of English accents in Virginia. But in Tangier Island, you will find a peculiar dialect that is not found elsewhere. This small island was initially occupied by early British colonies in the late 17th Century. Most residents today speak in the unique accent that is closer to British than American English.

45. Pony swim: the Pony Swim at Chincoteague is a celebrated event where saltwater cowboys swim with wild horses. Ponies are paraded for auction to raise cash for the local fire department.

Virginia state – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationVA
State CapitalRichmond
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Largest cityVirginia Beach
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 42,774 sq miles; Land Only: 39,594 sq miles
Population
8,517,685
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodJune 25, 1788
State rank by population12th
State rank by date of formation10th
State rank by area35th
Number of Counties95
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DemonymVirginian
Bordering StatesKentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointMount Rogers
5,729 ft (1746 m)
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
Sea level
Mean elevation950 feet above sea level
Length430 miles (690 km)
Width200 miles (320 km)
GovernorRalph Northam (D)
Lieutenant GovernorJustin Fairfax (D)
Electoral Votes13
State MottoSic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)
State NicknameThe Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents
% Water7.4
State song"Our Great Virginia" (traditional), "Sweet Virginia Breeze" (popular)
Nobel Prize WinnersWoodrow Wilson (Peace, 1919)
John C. Mather (Physics, 2006)
Famous PeopleKenny Easley (Pro Football Player)
Pete Hill (Baseball Player)
Alonzo Mourning (Basketball Player)
Sandra Bullock (Actress)
Chris Brown (Singer)
U.S. Presidents Born in Virginia1. George Washington.
2. Thomas Jefferson.
3. James Madison.
4. James Monroe.
5.William Henry Harrison.
6. John Tyler.
7. Zachary Taylor.
8. Thomas Woodrow Wilson.
State Bat
Virginia Big-Eared Bat
Fresh Water FishBrook trout
Salt Water FishStriped Bass
State DogAmerican Foxhound
State Snake
Eastern Garter Snake
FossilChesapecten jeffersonius
State BirdCardinal
State ButterflyTiger Swallowtail Butterfly
State War Memorial Museum
Virginia War Museum
State RockNelsonite
State FlowerAmerican Dogwood
State TreeFlowering Dogwood
Longitude75° 15′ W to 83° 41′ W
Latitude36° 32′ N to 39° 28′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone
Websitewww.virginia.gov
Area Codes276, 434, 540, 571, 703, 757, 804
Table Last UpdatedJune 8, 2020