Virginia became the 10th state on June 25th 1788. Virginia is commonly known as the Old Dominion State in a reference to Virginia being a dominion of the British King, Charles II.
Origin of state's name: Virginia got its name from the virgin British Queen, Elizabeth I.
Capital City: The capital of Virginia is Richmond. The state is surrounded by several neighboring states and the Atlantic Ocean.
Population: The population of Virginia is in excess of seven million people based on the last census in 2000.
Driver's license information, applications, testing requirements, manuals and testing locations can all be found on the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Economy: The economy is driven by many different industries. Tobacco and cotton growing has been a way of life for many generations of people in this state. Of course related industries have grown such as cigarette production and textile manufacture. Virginia is also a state rich in natural forest and lumbar related industries thrive in this state such as paper production, publishing and furniture manufacture.
State Bird: The state bird is the Cardinal known for its robustness and distinctly colored plumage.
State Flower: The state flower is the American dogwood, cornus florida. Not really a flower, the blossom of the dogwood tree has a delicate white bloom. The American Dogwood is also the state tree., which is also the state tree.
State song: The state songs is "Carry me back to old Virginia" by J. Black which sings about this beautiful state and its tradition of cotton growing.
State Motto: Thus Always to Tyrants