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- State Flower: Dogwood Blossom
- State Tree: Dogwood
- State Bird: Cardinal
- State Dog: Foxhound
- State Fish: Brook Trout
- State Shell: Oyster
- State Beverage: Milk
- State Song: "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" (Retired 1997)
- State Motto: "Thus always to tyrants"
- Population: 6,580,000 1995 estimate.
Virginia ranks as the 12th most populous state in the U.S.
- Total Area: 40,767sq miles of which
976 sq miles are inland water.
In size, ranks 36th among the states.
- Capital City: Richmond
- Entered Union: June 25, 1788
Officially designated the Commonwealth of Virginia (after Elizabeth 1, the "Virgin Queen") and familiarly known as the "Old Dominion," one of the 13 original states of the United States, being the 10th to ratify the Constitution (1788). It is the southernmost of the Middle Atlantic states, roughly triangular in shape, bounded on the north by West Virginia and Maryland, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, on the south by North Carolina and Tennessee, and on the west by Kentucky. Its total area is 40,767 sq. mi. (105,716 sq. km.), of which 976 sq. mi. (2,528 sq. km.) are inland water; in size it ranks 36th among the states. The state flag has a blue field in the center of which the state coat of arms is represented. The flower is the dogwood; the bird, the cardinal; the state song, "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," was retired by the General Assembly in 1997; as of yet, no replacement song has been chosen. The capital is Richmond.
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