Fast Facts

Richmond; 197,456
42,774 square miles (110,785 square kilometers)
Per Capita Income:
U.S. $32,676
Date Statehood Achieved:
June 25, 1788
Illustration: Virginia Flag

Home to both the first permanent English settlement and one of the largest concentrations of Internet companies in America, Virginia offers a balance of modern and historical riches. The entrepreneurial spirit of the pioneers at Jamestown nearly 400 years ago lives on in Virginia's highly diversified modern economy. One-third of all jobs are in service areas, particularly business and medicine. Virginia leads the nation in coal and tobacco exports, hosts a shipbuilding industry, and is home base for the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet. From the Atlantic to the Blue Ridge, the state offers abundant recreational and cultural attractions.


  • Industry: Food processing, communication and electronic equipment, transportation equipment, printing, shipbuilding, textiles
  • Agriculture: Tobacco, poultry, dairy products, beef cattle, soybeans, hogs

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition

Related Features

Take a Nat Geo Trip

Select a destination or trip type to find a trip:

See All Trips »

Join Nat Geo Travel's Communities

2015 Traveler Photo Contest

  • Picture of a tree under night stars in Deadvlei, Namibia

    See the Winners

    Explore the top photos, share your favorites, and browse all entries.