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Top US 10 Cities and Regions - Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia encompasses 42,744 square miles, which are divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-nine independent cities. The Commonwealth is nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born here. Virginia was named for England's Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I.
The capital of Virginia is Richmond. The largest city is Virginia Beach. Other large cities include Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington, Newport News, Hampton, Alexandria, Portsmouth, and Roanoke.
The 2010 census indicates the population of Virginia is 8,001,024.
Geographically, Virginia is divided into five regions—the Tidewater, Piedmont, Ridge and Valley, Cumberland Plateau, and Blue Ridge Mountains.
The economic resources of this area include government, military, farming, and business. Virginia has a high concentration of technical workers due to software, communication technology, and consulting companies located here. The Commonwealth has over 47,000 farms, which produce tomatoes, soy, peanuts, hay, and tobacco. The economic staple of the Chesapeake Bay area is oysters, and wineries and vineyards boost the economy in the Northern Neck. In northern Virginia, many residents work for government offices, such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense (DOD), United States Patent and Trademark Offices, and various other federal agencies. The naval base located in Norfolk is the largest naval base in the world.
This area was established as a colony in 1607 by the London Company. Virginia was one of the original thirteen colonies at the time of the American Revolution. Virginia was named a state in 1788. Virginia joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War, and Richmond was named the Confederate capital. At this time, the northwestern area of Virginia separated from Virginia and became West Virginia.