Did You Know?

  • Increasingly diverse, Virginia’s population of about 8 million people represents all regions of the world. Of these 8 million, more than 19,000 international students are enrolled in Virginia institutions.
  • Virginia is nicknamed “Mother of Presidents” because more Presidents of the USA (8) were born here than in any other state or commonwealth in the USA.
  • Previously inhabited by Native Americans and later established by English settlers in 1607, Virginia was the first of the original 13 colonies in the USA. As a result, it is often considered the birthplace of America.
  • When it was established, Virginia was officially designated “the Commonwealth of Virginia” to emphasize that it is governed by its people.
  • Virginia’s economy was mostly agricultural until the 1960s and 1970s, when industries began to develop at an increasing rate. Virginia’s largest export is now the computer chip.
  • Virginia’s climate is mild. Depending on where you go, you will see at least a little bit of snow during Winter, and you will be amazed by the beautiful changing colors of the leaves during Fall, the rebirth of the blooming trees during Spring, and the warm Summer nights.
  • Smithfield ham (“Virginia ham”) is so special that it is protected by state law!
  • Famous Virginians include Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Maggie Walker, Edgar Allan Poe, Booker T. Washington, Pocahontas, Katie Couric, Dave Matthews, Pharrell Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, and Missy Elliott.