Statistics, Emblems, and Symbols

Statewide Statistics:

Population 8,631,393
Rank in Country 12th
Density per Square Mile 212
Land Area (Square Miles) 39,490
Rank in Country 35th
Capital City Richmond
Population 226,610
Rank in State 4th
Number of Counties 95
Number of Independent Cities 38
Number of Incorporated Towns 191

Congressional Delegation:

U.S Senators 2
U.S Representatives 11
Electoral College Votes 13

State Legislature:

Senators 40
Delegates 100

Official State Emblems and Symbols:

State Flower Dogwood Blossom
State Tree Dogwood
State Bird Cardinal
State Dog American Foxhound
State Fish (Freshwater) Brook Trout
State Fish (Saltwater) Striped Bass
State Shell Oyster
State Folk Dance Square Dance
State Insect Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
State Fossil Chesapacten Jeffersonius
State Motto Sic Semper Tyrannis
(Thus Always to Tyrants)
State Bat Virginia Big Eared Bat
State Boat Chesapeake Bay Deadrise
State Beverage Milk
State Rock Nelsonite
State Snake Eastern Garter Snake
State Artisan Center Virginia Artisans Center, located in the City of Waynesboro
State Blue Ridge Folklore State Center Blue Ridge Institute located in the village of Ferrum
State Cabin Capital of Virginia Page County
State Coal Miners' Memorial The Richlands Coal Miners' Memorial located in Tazewell County
State Covered Bridge Capital of the Commonwealth Patrick County
State Covered Bridge Festival Virginia Covered Bridge Festival held in Patrick County
State Flag of Remembrance of September 11, 2001 Freedom Flag, designed by a Virginian, as the flag of remembrance of September 11, 2001
State Fleet Replicas of the three ships, Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, which comprised the Commonwealth's founding fleet that brought the first permanent English settlers to Jamestown in 1607, and which are exhibited at the Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg
State Gold Mining Interpretive Center Monroe Park, located in the County of Fauquier
State Insect Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus Linne)
State Maple Festival The Highland County Maple Festival
State Motor Sports Museum Wood Brothers Racing Museum and Virginia Motor Sports Hall of Fame, located in Patrick County
State Opry The Virginia Opry
State Outdoor Drama The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama, adapted for the stage by Clara Lou Kelly and performed in the Town of Big Stone Gap
State Outdoor Drama, Historical The Long Way Home based on the life of Mary Draper Ingles, adapted for the stage by Earl Hobson Smith, and performed in the City of Radford
State Salamander Red Salamander (Pseudotriton ruber)
State Shakespeare Festival The Virginia Shakespeare Festival held in the City of Williamsburg
State Song Emeritus Carry Me Back to Old Virginny, by James A. Bland, as set out in the House Joint Resolution 10, adopted by the General Assembly of Virginia at the Session of 1940
State Song (Popular) Sweet Virginia Breeze, by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett
State Song (Traditional) Our Great Virginia, lyrics by Mike Greenly and arranged by Jim Papoulis with music from the original American folk song "Oh Shenandoah."
State Spirit George Washington's rye whiskey produced at Mount Vernon, Virginia
State Sports Hall of Fame Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in the City of Portsmouth
State Television Series Song of the Mountains
State Tree American Dogwood (Cornus florida)
State War Memorial Museum Virginia War Museum, (formerly known as the War Memorial Museum of Virginia), located in the City of Newport News

Ten Largest Counties*:

Fairfax 1,137,290
Prince William 448,050
Loudoun 385,327
Chesterfield 333,963
Henrico 321,233
Arlington 236,691
Stafford 141,915
Spotsylvania 129,668
Albemarle 105,715
Hanover 105,210

Ten Largest Cities*:

Virginia Beach 453,628
Norfolk 247,087
Chesapeake 240,485
Richmond 221,679
Newport News 183,218
Alexandria 159,464
Hampton 137,492
Roanoke 99,644
Portsmouth 96,179
Suffolk 91,722

* Populations estimates by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Information accurate as of December 2021