Community Info: Virginia

Virginia: The state of Virginia covers over 40,000 square miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Virginia surrounds a large part of the Chesapeake Bay, which encompasses over 2,500 square miles. Besides the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are two other ranges, Appalachian and Shenandoah; 15 major rivers, and eight additional major bodies of water.

Geography
The state of Virginia covers over 40,000 square mile. The Chesapeake Bay covers 1,511 square miles in Virginia. Major mountain ranges include the Alleghany, Appalachian, Blue Ridge and Shenandoah. There are 15 major rivers and eight additional major bodies of water.

Population
Virginia has a population of over 8 million people and is the 12th most populous state. There are 95 counties, 40 independent cities and 189 incorporated towns. The major metropolitan areas in are in The population is expected to rise to nearly 8.5 million by the year 2025.

Income
In 2010 the per capita personal income was $44,246.

Real Estate
The state homeownership rate in 2010 was 68.7%.

Industry
Major Virginian industries include Internet technology, trade, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and government. The top industries were Internet technology, retail trade, public administration, and educational services.

Sites/Landmarks
The cities of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Williamsburg are popular vacation destinations. There are also many Civil War battlefields to visit.

Workforce
The top 10 occupations for projected growth in Virginia are Computer Programmers and Systems Analysts, Cashiers, Retail Salespersons, General Managers & Top Executives, Janitors & Cleaners, Computer Engineers, Guards, Waiters & Waitresses, Registered Nurses and Nursing Aides and Orderlies.


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