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Population
  2010 2012
Population 8,001,024 8,185,867
Median Age 37.5 37.6
Total 8 year-olds 101,788 103,848
Boys 51,809 52,990
Girls 49,979 50,858
Total 9 year-olds 103,755 102,764
Boys 52,931 51,984
Girls 50,824 50,780
Total 10 year-olds 103,931 101,991
Boys 53,356 51,806
Girls 50,575 50,185
Total 11 year-olds 102,061 103,907
Boys 52,264 52,983
Girls 49,797 50,924
Total 12 year-olds 101,406 105,347
Boys 51,904 54,117
Girls 49,502 51,230
 
How People Get to Work:
Drive Alone 77.1% 77.3%
Car Pool 10.0% 9.9%
Public Transportation 4.4% 4.4%
Work at Home 4.3% 4.7%

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

Business
  2010 2012
Dentist Offices 3,068 3,259
Amusement Parks 11 8
Fast-Food Restaurants 6,027 6,124
Toy Stores 249 244
Video/Disc Rental Stores 293 88
Zoos & Botanical Gardens 17 15
Candy & Nut Stores 59 51
Pet & Pet Supply Stores 232 227
Ice Cream & Frozen Dessert Makers 3 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.