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