Virginia is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered by Maryland to the north, Washington D.C. to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, North Carolina to the south, Tennessee to the southwest, and West Virginia to the northwest. The state covers an area of approximately 42,775 square miles (110,785 square kilometers) and has a population of around 8.5 million people, making it the 12th most populous state in the country.
Virginia is known for its rich history, having been the site of many pivotal events during the American Revolution and the Civil War. The state is home to several historic landmarks, including Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the United States, and Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum that recreates life in the 18th century.
Virginia’s economy is diverse and includes a mix of industries, including government, military, agriculture, and technology. The state is home to several major military installations, including the Pentagon and Naval Station Norfolk, as well as numerous federal government agencies. Virginia is also a major center for technology companies, particularly in the Northern Virginia region near Washington D.C.
The state’s natural beauty includes the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chesapeake Bay, and several state parks and forests. Virginia is also known for its thriving music scene, particularly in the genres of country, bluegrass, and folk. The state capital is Richmond, and other major cities include Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.