Virginia became the 10th state admitted to the Union in 1788. Virginia is in the Atlantic region of the U.S. with the Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay and Maryland to the east and West Virginia and Kentucky to the west.
Large cities include Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Arlington and Richmond, the capital.
Virginia's topography is varied with coastal plains on the east Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay coasts, great ridges and valleys in the central region with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains to the extreme west.
The Virginia climate is as diverse as the topography with warm and humid climate in the south and on the coasts. Winter storms can be severe with the cold air from the mountains mixing with the warm coastal air. Annual precipitation levels for the state are above average.
Leading sectors in Virginia's economy are agriculture, information technology and federal government services, particularly defense spending. Virginia ranks as a moderate tax state.
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