Virginia State
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Virginia State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Virginia as the 10th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Virginia.

State Name:
Virginia

Abbreviation:
VA

Capital:
Richmond

Date of Statehood:
June 25, 1788

Population:
7,567,465 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
Virginia ranks among the top 10 in the U.S. in tomatoes, tobacco, peanuts, summer potatoes, turkeys, apples, broilers, and sweet potatoes. Other crops include corn, vegetables, and barley. Famous for Smithfield hams. Virginia also has a large dairy industry.

Primary Industry:
Virginia's manufacturing industries include transportation equipment, textiles, food processing, and printing. Other industries are electronic and other electric equipment, chemicals, apparel, lumber and wood products, furniture, and industrial machinery and equipment. Coal mining accounts for roughly 75% of Virginia's mineral output, and lime, kyanite, and stone are also mined.

Nickname:
The Old Dominion State

Motto:
Sic Semper Tyrannis (Thus always to tyrants.)

Flower:
American Dogwood (Legislation of 1918)
Picture of the American Dogwood, the official state flower of Virginia.

Tree:
American Dogwood (Legislation of 1956)

Bird:
Cardinal (Legislation of 1950)
Picture of the Cardinal, the official state bird of Virginia.
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Fish:
Brook Trout (Legislation of 1993)

Insect:
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Legislation of 1991)

Gemstone:
None (Legislation Pending)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Virginia.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Virginia.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Virginia.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Virginia state.
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