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West Virginia is a state located in the Appalachian region of the United States, bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, and Pennsylvania and Maryland to the northeast. It is the 41st largest state in the country, covering an area of approximately 24,230 square miles (62,756 square kilometers), and has a population of around 1.8 million people.

West Virginia is known for its rugged terrain and natural beauty, with the Appalachian Mountains covering much of the state. It is also home to several national parks and forests, including the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and the Monongahela National Forest.

The state has a long history of coal mining and was once a major producer of coal in the United States. Although the coal industry has declined in recent years, it remains an important part of the state’s economy. Other important industries in West Virginia include healthcare, education, and tourism.

The state capital is Charleston, located in the west of the state, and other major cities include Huntington, Parkersburg, and Morgantown. West Virginia is also home to several colleges and universities, including West Virginia University and Marshall University.

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