Virginia is a U.S. state located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The state is part of both the Southern United States,[6][7] as well as the Mid-Atlantic.[8][9] Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" due to its status as the first English colonial possession established in mainland North America,[10] and "Mother of Presidents" because eight U.S. presidents were born there, more than any other state. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2014 is over 8.3 million.

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Census Data

Population estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016)8,411,808
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2016)8,001,041
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2016, (V2016)5.10
Population, Census, April 1, 20108,001,024
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent, April 1, 20106.40
Persons under 18 years, percent, April 1, 201023.20
Persons 65 years and over, percent, April 1, 201012.20
Female persons, percent, April 1, 201050.90
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent, April 1, 201068.60
Black or African American alone, percent, April 1, 201019.40
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, April 1, 20100.40
Asian alone, percent, April 1, 20105.50
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, April 1, 20100.10
Two or More Races, percent, April 1, 20102.90
Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 2010 (b)7.90
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 201064.80
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2011-2015706,539
Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-201511.70
Housing units, April 1, 20103,364,939
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2011-201566.20
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015245,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2011-20151,711
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2011-2015433
Median gross rent, 2011-20151,116
Families and Living Arrangements
Households, 2011-20153,062,783
Persons per household, 2011-2015262.00
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2011-201584.40
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2011-201515.40
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201588.30
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201536.30
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2011-20157.70
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent10.50
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201564.70
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201560.80
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)17,795,901
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000) (c)47,705,003
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000) (c)96,389,872
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)86,613,641
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)110,002,385
Total retail sales per capita, 2012 (c)13,438
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2011-201528
Income and Poverty
Median household income (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201565,015
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201534,152
Persons in poverty, percent11.20
All firms, 2012653,193
Men-owned firms, 2012353,012
Women-owned firms, 2012236,290
Minority-owned firms, 2012185,043
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012185,043
Veteran-owned firms, 201276,434
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012548,439
Population per square mile, 2010203
Land area in square miles, 201039,490