West Virginia State
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West Virginia State collage of images.
West Virginia State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted West Virginia as the 35th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about West Virginia.

State Name:
West Virginia

Abbreviation:
WV

Capital:
Charleston

Date of Statehood:
June 20, 1863

Population:
1,816,856 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
West Virginia farm products are poultry and eggs, dairy products, apples, and feed crops. Seventyfive percent of West Virginia is covered with forests.

Primary Industry:
West Virginia ranks third in total coal production with 15% of the U.S. total. It also is a leader in steel, glass, aluminum, and chemical manufactures; natural gas; oil; quarry products; and hardwood lumber.

Nickname:
The Mountain State

Motto:
Montani Semper Liberi (Mountaineers are always free.)

Flower:
Big Laurel (Legislation of 1903)
Picture of the Big Laurel, the official state flower of West Virginia.

Tree:
Sugar Maple (Legislation of 1949)

Bird:
Cardinal (Legislation of 1949)
Picture of the Cardinal, the official state bird of West Virginia.
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Fish:
Brook Trout (Legislation of 1973)

Insect:
Honey Bee (Legislation of 2002)

Gemstone:
Chalcedony (Legislation of 1990)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of West Virginia.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of West Virginia.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of West 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 West Virginia state.
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