Virginia Ethnic Distributions Map

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page last updated on August 8, 2011

   Introduction    Virginia

The Virginia Company founded the first permanent English colony at Jamestown in 1607. One of the original 13 states (it entered the Union in 1788), Virginia was named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England. Virginia holds an important place in American history, as it was home to many of the founding fathers, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Mason, and Patrick Henry. Four of America's first five presidents were Virginians. During the Civil War, Richmond, Virginia's capital, was the capital of the Confederacy. Today, Virginia is a popular tourist spot where people can visit historic places such as Alexandria, Williamsburg, and Mount Vernon, George Washington's estate. Dogwood is the state flower and the cardinal is the state bird of the "Old Dominion."

   Miscellaneous    Virginia

State Flower: American dogwood

State Motto: Thus always to tyrants

State Nickname: The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents

State Bird: Cardinal

   Geography    Virginia

Land area, 2000 (square miles): 39,594

Length: 430 miles

Width: 200 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Virginia Beach, 437,994
  2. Norfolk, 242,803
  3. Chesapeake, 222,209
  4. Arlington CDP, 207,627
  5. Richmond, 204,214
  6. Newport News, 180,719
  7. Alexandria, 139,966
  8. Hampton, 137,436
  9. Roanoke, 97,032
  10. Portsmouth, 95,535

Geographic Center: 5 miles southwest of Buckingham

Geographic Center County: Buckingham

Highest Point: 5,729 ft. — Mt. Rogers

Lowest Point: sea level — Atlantic Ocean

Number of counties: 95, plus 40 independent cities

State forests: 14 (about 50,000 ac.)

State parks and natural areas: 34 parks, 33 areas (about 76,000 ac.)

Persons per square mile, 2010: 202.1

   People    Virginia

Population, 2010: 8,001,024
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 13.00%
Population, 2000: 7,079,048
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.80%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 23.40%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 12.20%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.80%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 68.60%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 19.40%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.40%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 5.50%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.90%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 7.90%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 64.80%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 83.30%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 10.10%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 13.20%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 85.80%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 33.40%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 748,345
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 26.9

Housing units, 2009: 3,330,465
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.20%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 21.30%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $247,100

Households, 2005-2009: 2,936,634
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.54
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $31,606
Median household income, 2009: $59,372
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 10.60%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown

GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org

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