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State Facts for Students

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Population
  2010 2011
Population 8,001,024 8,096,604
State Rank 12 12
Median Age 37.5 37.5
Total 8 year-olds 101,788 102,344
Boys 51,809 51,806
Girls 49,979 50,538
Total 9 year-olds 103,755 101,594
Boys 52,931 51,648
Girls 50,824 49,946
Total 10 year-olds 103,931 103,483
Boys 53,356 52,814
Girls 50,575 50,669
Total 11 year-olds 102,061 104,577
Boys 52,264 53,675
Girls 49,797 50,902
Total 12 year-olds 101,406 102,529
Boys 51,904 52,594
Girls 49,502 49,935
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 77.1% 78.1%
Car Pool 10.0% 9.2%
Public Transportation 4.4% 4.5%
Work at Home 4.3% 4.6%

Geography
Capital Richmond
Largest City Virginia Beach
Second Largest City Norfolk
Persons Per Square Mile (State, 2010) 202.6

Business
  2000 2010
Dentist Offices 2,669 3,068
Amusement Parks 14 11
Fast-Food Restaurants 5,042 7,227
Toy Stores 310 249
Video/Disc Rental Stores 524 293
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 11 17
Candy & Nut Stores 82 59
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 198 232
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 4 3

Note: As is the case with all surveys, statistics from sample surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.

A value of NA indicates that data are not available for the indicated time period. A value of X indicates that data are not applicable for the current region.

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History

  • Date of Statehood: June 25, 1788
  • Population 1800: 807,557
  • Population 1860: 1,119,348
  • Population 1900: 1,854,184
  • Population 1950: 3,318,680
  • Population 2000: 7,078,515

I never knew that! *

  • Nickname: Old Dominion
  • Flower: Dogwood
  • Tree: Dogwood
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Dance: Square Dance
  • Fossil: Chesapecten Jeffersonius
  • Dog: American Fox Hound
  • Shell: Oyster

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Who told you this stuff?

The U.S. Census Bureau takes a census of the population every 10 years, and censuses of economic activity and governments every five years. And every year, the Census Bureau conducts more than 100 other surveys. Data on this page come from the 2010 Census, the American Community Survey, and County Business Patterns.

How are these data collected?

The U.S. Census Bureau sends questionnaires in the mail or contacts businesses and households to participate in its surveys.

* State symbol information was obtained from various non-Census Bureau resources including state web sites, educational web sites, and commercial entities.