Postal abbreviation – WV
Capital – Charleston
Area – 24,229.76 [41st largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 1,852,994 [37th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 77.1 [30th largest in the US]
Area codes – 304
Zip codes – 24701 - 26886
Number of counties – 55
State nickname – Mountain State
State motto – "Montani semper liberi" - Mountaineers are always free
|State Flag of West Virginia|
-West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the US.
-West Virginia is the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.
-West Virginia, with a median age of 40, has the oldest population of any state.
-Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered by forests.
-15% of the total coal production of the US comes from West Virginia.
-According to the crime index for 1997, West Virginia had the lowest crime rate in the country.
-West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax, effective July 1, 1921.
-On May 31, 1910, the Supreme Court held that the Maryland-West Virginia boundary was the low-water mark of the south bank of the Potomac River.
-West Virginia University College of Law