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This thread is devoted to showcasing the beauty of the American Commonwealth of Virginia, nicknamed the Old Dominion. Virginia is a state renowned for its natural beauty, its charming villages, its historic sites, its diverse cuisine and its high quality of life.

Virginia at a Glance:

Location: (1) Capital Region, (2) Mid-Atlantic, (3) Southern (with Northern Virginia typically considered 'Northeast')
Population: 8,382,993
Land Area: 39,490 square miles (about the size of Ireland + Wales)
Median Household Income: $61,044
Creation: 1585 (as the northern edge of Roanoke Colony), 1607 (as the London Company settlement of Jamestown - which became Virginia Colony), 1624 (as the Crown Colony of Virginia), 1788 (as the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia)
Demographics (2014): 63.1% White, 19.7% Black, 8.9% Hispanic and Latino, 6.3% Asian, 2.8% Mixed and 0.6% Native American

And here's a regional map I made showing how many people live in each of 7 regions:


So without further ado, I present Virginia!
 

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Starlight Profile: Alexandria, VA (153,511 residents)
Alexandria is one of Virginia's most prized gems. The area was settled in 1695 and the city was incorporated in 1749, making it older than the Republic! Alexandria's historical roots are evident when walking through the city's Old Town, one of the Washington Metro Areas' biggest draws for its lively streets, its bustling food scene, its progressive attitude and its beautiful Colonial Architecture. Old Town is also a treat to explore for its quirky treasures: a museum devoted to apothecary and potions, a torpedo factory-turned arts gallery mecca, and swinging Blues and BBQ joints that still retain a touch of Southern charm. Alexandria has 153,511 people crammed into 15 square miles, making it one of Virginia's most densely populated locales. It's proximity to Washington, DC also leads many upper class suburbanites to settle here. The city is known for its safety, it's strong identity and a very educated and tight-knit community.


Old Town, Alexandria, Alexandria city, Nova

Old Town Alexandria, VA by Ben, on Flickr

Old Town, Alexandria, Alexandria city, Nova

Cool statue - Old Town Alexandria VA by m01229, on Flickr

Old Town, Alexandria, Alexandria city, Nova

George Washington Masonic National Memorial Alexandria VA by ✈ concord⁹⁷⁷, on Flickr
 

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Starlight Profile: Williamsburg, VA (15,052 residents, 23sqkm/9sqmi)
If Virginia has a historic core, it's arguably Williamsburg. This area of Virginia was settled in 1607(!), a full 169 years before the United States would become independent. In 1699 Williamsburg became the Capital of the Colony of Virginia. It would hold this title until 1780, when the Capital moved to Richmond. Williamsburg is still a historic hub, and an educational powerhouse, home to the College of William and Mary, a Public Ivy.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg city, Crownlands

Colonial Williamsburg by Joe Ross, on Flickr

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg city, James City County, Crownlands

Busch Gardens Williamsburg by Zach Clarke, on Flickr

Governor's Palace, Williamsburg, Williamsburg city, Crownlands

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