Statistics, Emblems, and Symbols

Statewide Statistics*:

Population 8,696,955
Rank in Country 12th
Population Density per Square Mile 218.6
Land Area Size (Square Miles) 39,490
Land Area Size Rank in Country 35th
Capital City Richmond
Capital City Population 226,967
Capital City Population 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

Ten Largest Counties*:

Fairfax 1,139,755
Prince William 490,325
Loudoun 431,006
Chesterfield 381,858
Henrico 336,074
Arlington 241,283
Stafford 163,239
Spotsylvania 145,013
Albemarle 115,495
Hanover 112,409

Ten Largest Cities*:

Virginia Beach 455,385
Chesapeake 251,959
Norfolk 237,770
Richmond 226,967
Newport News 183,504
Alexandria 158,128
Hampton 136,387
Roanoke 99,634
Suffolk 96,179
Portsmouth 96,700

* Statewide statistic based on 2020 Census data

** Populations estimates by Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. These estimates provide the best approximation of the population count on July 1st of the prior year.

Information accurate as of December 2023