Virginia Statistics

Capital: Richmond

State abbreviation/Postal code: Va. / VA

Governor: Terry McAuliffe, D (to Jan. 2018)

Lieut. Governor: Ralph Northam, D (to Jan. 2018)

Senators: Mark Warner, D (to Jan. 2021); Tim Kaine, D (to Jan. 2019)

U.S. Representatives: 11

Historical biographies of Congressional members

Secy. of the Commonwealth: Levar Stoney, D (apptd. by gov.)

Treasurer: Manju Ganeriwala, D (apptd. by gov.)

Atty. General: Mark Herring, D (to Jan. 2018)

Entered Union (rank): June 25, 1788 (10)

Present constitution adopted: 1970

Motto: Sic semper tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants)

State symbols:

flower American dogwood (1918)
bird cardinal (1950)
dog American foxhound (1966)
shell oyster shell (1974)
tree dogwood (1956)

Nicknames: The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents

Origin of name: In honor of Elizabeth “Virgin Queen” of England

10 largest cities (2010 est.): Virginia Beach, 437,994; Norfolk, 242,803; Chesapeake, 222,209; Richmond , 204,214; Newport News , 180,719; Alexandria , 139,966; Hampton , 137,436; Roanoke , 97,032; Portsmouth, 95,535; Suffolk, 84,585

Land area: 39,594 sq mi. (102,558 sq km)

Geographic center: In Buckingham Co., 5 mi. SW of Buckingham

Number of counties: 95, plus 39 independent cities

Largest county by population and area:Fairfax, 1,081,726 (2010); Pittsylvania 978 sq mi.

State forests: 16 (50,000+ ac.)

State parks/natural areas: 34

Residents: Virginian

2015 resident population est.: 8,382,993

2010 resident census population (rank):8,001,024 (12). Male: 3,925,983 (49.1%);Female: 4,075,041 (50.9%). White: 5,486,852 (68.6%); Black: 1,551,399 (19.4%); American Indian: 29,225 (0.4%); Asian: 439,890 (5.5%);Other race: 254,278 (3.2%); Two or more races: 233,400 (2.9%); Hispanic/Latino:631,825 (7.9%). 2010 percent population 18 and over: 76.8; 65 and over: 12.2; median age: 37.5.