West Virginia State Profile

Where is West Virginia?

West Virginia is a state located in the South Atlantic and the Appalachian region of the United States. The state is bordered on the north by Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland; on the east and south by Virginia; and on the west by Kentucky and Ohio.

What is the capital of West Virginia?

Charleston is the capital of the state of West Virginia. It is also the largest city in the state covering an area of 32.7 square miles. As of the 2010 census, the city had an estimated population of 51,400.

How big is West Virginia?

West Virginia is a state with an area of 24,230 square miles. According to the 2010 census, the state had an estimated population of 1,859,815.

Who are the political leaders of West Virginia?

Governor - Earl Ray Tomblin
Lieutenant Governor - Vacant

What is the nickname of West Virginia?

The official nickname of West Virginia is the "Mountain State." The name refers to the Appalachian Mountains that extend through the eastern portion of the state.

When did West Virginia achieve statehood?

In 1861, when Virginia seceded from the Union, the Union consented to the separation of present-day West Virginia from Virginia. The Congress and President Lincoln approved of the proposition and West Virginia entered the Union on June 20, 1863. It is the thirty-fifth state of the United States.

What is the economy of West Virginia like?

West Virginia is one of the fastest growing economies in the United States. The state had a gross domestic product of $66,600 million in 2010, while the per capita income stood at $32,641. The unemployment rate was estimated at 9.3% in 2011. Mining, media and telecommunications, manufacturing, forestry, aerospace, hospitality, tourism, retail, banking, and agriculture are the major sectors/industries in the state of Vermont.

Mining is a significant part of the economy of the state. It is the largest producer of coal in the United States.

What is the official language of West Virginia?

The official language of West Virginia is English. Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, and German are also spoken.

What are the main religions practiced in West Virginia?

The official religion of West Virginia is Christianity. The largest denomination is Protestantism followed by Baptist and the Methodist Church.

What are the famous places in West Virginia?

West Virginia is a beautiful state with many unique attractions. The major attractions are Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, New River Gorge National River, the Naval Telecommunications Station at Sugar Grove, and White Sulphur Springs.

What are the state symbols of West Virginia?
  • State Animal: The Black bear is the official state animal of West Virginia. A poll was conducted by the Division of Natural Resources in the state in 1954, and the black bear was chosen as the state animal. The black bear is also the state animal of Louisiana and New Mexico.

  • State Bird: Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) was designated the official state bird of West Virginia in 1949. The cardinal is also the state bird of six other states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.

  • State Tree: Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) is the official state tree of West Virginia. It was chosen in 1949, by school students and civic organizations.

  • State Flower: The rhododendron is the official state flower of West Virginia. It was chosen as the state flower in 1903 with the recommendation of the Governor of the state.

  • State Flag: The official flag of West Virginia was adopted in 1929. The flag has a white field with a dark blue border. There is a rock on the flag having the date June 20, 1863. On this day West Virginia was admitted to the Union. In the center of the flag is the state seal, encircled by a garland of the state flower (rhododendron). The seal features a farmer and a miner. Below the men are two rifles and a red liberty cap. There is a large red ribbon above the seal that has the inscription "State of West Virginia."

Last Updated on: September 1st, 2017