West Virginia Facts, Stats and Information

West Virginia Facts

  • U.S. State Name: West Virginia
  • U.S. State Abbreviation: WV
  • U.S. Region: Southern United States
  • Admission to the Union: June 20th, 1863
  • Total Area: 24,230 sq. mi.
  • Total Population: 1,793,716 (2020 USCB)
  • Capital City: Charleston, WV
  • Largest City: Charleston, WV

33 West Virginia Facts

  1. West Virginia is one of the 50 states of the United States of America.
  2. West Virginia was the 35th state to join the United States on June 20, 1863.
  3. West Virginia is in the southern region of the United States.
  4. West Virginia is the 41st largest U.S. state, covering a total of 24,230.04 square miles or 0.64% of the total area of the United States.
  5. West Virginia's 24,230.04 square miles is 99.21% land and 0.79% surface water.
  6. West Virginia is ranked 41st with the most land area in the United States, with 24,038.21 square miles of land area.
  7. West Virginia is ranked 50th with the most water area in the United States, with 191.83 square miles of water area.
  8. West Virginia is the 39th most populated U.S. state with a population of 1,793,716 or 0.54% of the total population of the United States.
  9. The state capital of West Virginia is the city of Charleston.
  10. West Virginia is divided into 55 counties statewide.
  11. Kanawha County is the most populated county in West Virginia
  12. The most populated city in West Virginia is Charleston with an estimated 47,215 residents.
  13. The five most populated city in West Virginia are Charleston, Huntington, Morgantown, Parkersburg and Wheeling.
  14. A native or resident West Virginia is called a West Virginian.
  15. West Virginia's average elevation statewide is 1,500 feet.
  16. West Virginia's highest elevation point is Spruce Knob at 4,863 feet.
  17. West Virginia's lowest elevation point is the Potomac River at 240 feet.
  18. West Virginia is all in the Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  19. The two letter abbreviation for West Virginia is WV.
  20. The ISO 3166 code for West Virginia is US-WV.
  21. West Virginia is called the Mountain State.
  22. The estimated median household income in West Virginia is $48,850.
  23. West Virginia is the least expensive U.S. state to buy a home with an estimated median home price of $108,236.
  24. West Virginia is ranked 42nd on the cost of living index out of all 50 U.S. states.
  25. West Virginia has the 4th oldest population in the United States with a median age of 43.
  26. West Virginia's average temperature is 53.08°F making it the 22nd warmest state in the United States.
  27. West Virginia on average has 44.36 inches of precipitation per year, making it the 19th wettest U.S. state.
  28. The hottest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was 112 °F on Friday, July 10, 1936, in Martinsburg, WV.
  29. The coldest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was -37 °F on Sunday, December 30, 1917, in Lewisburg, WV.
  30. West Virginia's official state motto is "Montani semper liberi" (Latin: Mountaineers are always free).
  31. West Virginia's official state bird is the Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).
  32. West Virginia's official state tree is the Sugar Maple (Cardinalis cardinalis).
  33. West Virginia's official state flower is the Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum).

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West Virginia on a Map of the United States of America

The state of West Virginia and its regional area on a Map of the United States of America.

The Official State Flag of West Virginia

The official state flag of West Virginia waving in the wind on a flag pole.

The Official State Seal of West Virginia

The official state seal of West Virginia that is used by the state's government.

Charleston the state capital of West Virginia

Charleston the capital city of West Virginia.

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States

Morgantown, West Virginia, United States of America.

Blackwater Falls State Park

Blackwater Falls State Park


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