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.
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.
Virginia is the 12th most populous state and has a population of 8,411,808 people according to July 2016 Census estimates. There are 95 counties, 40 independent cities and 189 incorporated towns. The major metropolitan areas are in Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Richmond-Petersburg.
In 2015 the median household income was $65,015.
The state homeownership rate for 2011-2015 was 66.2%.
Major Virginian industries include Internet technology, trade, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture and government. The top industries are Internet technology, retail trade, public administration, and educational services.
The cities of Charlottesville, Richmond, and Williamsburg are popular vacation destinations. There are also many Civil War battlefields to visit.
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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