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Capital City:

Charleston

Statehood:

June 20, 1863 (35th)

Population:

1,811,000

Nickname:

Mountain State

Motto:

Montani Semper Liberi (Mountaineers Are Always Free)

Origin of State Name:

Name given to western counties of Virginia which refused to secede in 1863"

Counties:

55

Largest Cities:

Charleston, Huntington, Wheeling, Parkersburg, Morgantown

Border States:

Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Land Area:

24,124 sq. mi., 41st largest

Highest Point:

Spruce Knob, 4,861 ft.

Lowest Point:

Potomac River, 240 ft.

State Bird:

Cardinal

State Flower:

Big Rhododendron (rhododendron maximum)

State Tree:

Sugar Maple (acer saccharum)

State Song:

'West Virginia, My Home, Sweet Home', 'The West Virginia Hills', 'This Is My West Virginia'

State Web Site:

www.state.wv.us


For more websites on West Virginia check out West Virginia Links.

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