Virginia, founded in 1607, was the first permanently settled English colony in the New World. Located on the east coast of the United States, it is the 12th most populous state with 7.7 million residents. It is the 35thlargest in area on 42,774 square miles.
Richmond is the state capital and Virginia Beach, along Chesapeake Bay, is the largest city in terms of population. The state also boasts Mount Rogers, its highest elevation, at 5,729 feet. Shenandoah National Park is also located in Virginia.
Cattle, tobacco and peanut farming provide economic stability to the state, and many residents work for the federal government, given Virginia’s proximity to the nation’s capital.
Visitors can enjoy the Historic Triangle, made up of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Colonial Williamsburg, full of rich history and heritage. The Neptune Festival in September, Celebrate Fairfax! Festival in June and the Virginia State Fair in September are highly attended events as well.