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Virginia

The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period, Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.

The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east. Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (−3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the State.

Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which both operate the same way since independent cities are considered to be county-equivalent. This method of treating cities and counties equally is unique to Virginia.

Fairfax County is the most populous locality in Virginia, with over one million residents. Neighboring Loudon County is both the fastest-growing county in Virginia and has the highest median household income ($114,204) in the USA as of 2010.  Virginia's economy is balanced, with diverse sources of income, including government and military, farming, and business. Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the service sector. The unemployment rate was 6.3% as of April 2011. Technology became the state's highest-grossing export in 2006, surpassing its traditional top exports of coal and tobacco combined.

Agriculture occupies 24% of the land in Virginia. As of 2007, about 357,000 Virginian jobs were in agriculture, with over 47,000 farms, averaging 171 acres (0.27 sq. mi.; 0.69 km2), in a total farmland area of 8.1 million acres (12,656 sq. mi.; 32,780 km2).

Providing horsepower in the fields and transportation for goods and people, horses were the backbone of the first Virginia Colonies. Today, the role of horses has changed dramatically, yet horses are still a vital economic factor. Some 700 equine events are held in Virginia each year, attracting over 800,000 participants and spectators who spend more than $167 million at these events. The average Virginia horse owner spends $2,969 per horse yearly. Horse owners spend $505 million in annual expenses and support approximately 20,000 jobs statewide.

Water Bodies

  • Plantation Creek
  • Abel Reservoir
  • Amelia Lake
  • Appomattox River
  • Ararat River
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Back Creek
  • Banister River
  • Barlow Creek
  • Beaver Creek Reservoir
  • Beaverdam Creek Reservoir
  • Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir
  • Black River
  • Blackwater River
  • Bluestone River
  • Briery Creek Lake
  • Buggs Island Lake
  • Bull Run
  • Bullpasture River
  • Burke Lake
  • Burnt Mills Reservoir
  • Calfpasture River
  • Cat Point Creek
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Chickahominy River
  • Chincoteague Bay
  • Church Creek
  • Claytor Lake
  • Clinch River
  • Coan River
  • Cockle Creek
  • Cockrells Creek
  • Cold Spring River
  • College Creek
  • Conway River
  • Corrotoman River
  • Cowpasture River
  • Cranes Creek
  • Crippen Creek
  • Dan River
  • Diascund Reservoir
  • Doyles River
  • Dragon Run
  • East River
  • Elizabeth River
  • Emporia Reservoir
  • Fairy Stone Lake
  • Finney's Creek
  • Flannagan Reservoir
  • Folly Creek
  • Gardy\'s Pond
  • Gatewood Reservoir
  • Germantown Lake
  • Goose Creek
  • Great Creek Watershed Lake
  • Great Wicomico River
  • Guest River
  • Hampton River
  • Hardware River
  • Harwoods Mill Reservoir
  • Hazel River
  • Holiday Lake
  • Hollies Cove
  • Holston River
  • Hughes River
  • Hungars Creek
  • Hungry Mother Lake
  • Indian River
  • Jackson River
  • James River
  • Johnson Cove
  • Jordan River
  • Keokee Lake
  • Lafayette River
  • Lake Anna
  • Lake Barcroft
  • Lake Chesdin
  • Lake Conner
  • Lake Drummond
  • Lake Fairfax
  • Lake Frederick
  • Lake Gaston
  • Lake Gordon
  • Lake Jackson
  • Lake Kerr
  • Lake Kilby
  • Lake Manassas
  • Lake Maury
  • Lake Meade
  • Lake Moomaw
  • Lake of the Woods
  • Lake Orange
  • Lake Prince
  • Lake Smith
  • Lake Whitehurst
  • Laurel Bed Lake
  • Leatherbury Creek
  • Lee Hall Reservoir(Newport News City Reservoir)
  • Leesville Reservoir
  • Levisa Fork River
  • Little River
  • Little Wicomico River
  • Lynnhaven River
  • Martinsville Reservoir
  • Masden Gut
  • Mat River
  • Matta River
  • Mattaponi River
  • Mattawoman Creek
  • Maury River
  • Mayo River
  • Meachums Creek
  • Mechums River
  • Meherrin River
  • Moormans River
  • Motts Run Reservoir
  • Mountain Lake
  • Nandua Creek
  • Nansemond River
  • Nassawadox Creek
  • Nassawadox Creek
  • Newfound River
  • Ni Reservoir
  • Ni River
  • Nomini Bay
  • North Anna River
  • North Fork Pound Reservoir(Pound Lake)
  • North Fork Shenandoah River
  • North River
  • Nottoway Lake
  • Nottoway River
  • Occohannock Creek
  • Occohannock Creek
  • Occoquan Reservoir
  • Occoquan River
  • Onancock Creek
  • Opequon Creek
  • Pamunkey River
  • Parkers Creek
  • Pedlar River
  • Pelham Reservoir
  • Philpott Reservoir
  • Piankatank River
  • Pigg River
  • Po River
  • Poni River
  • Potomac River
  • Powell River
  • Pungoteague Creek
  • Quantico Creek
  • Rapidan River
  • Rappahannock River
  • Reedy Creek
  • Rivanna Reservoir
  • Rivanna River
  • Roanoke River
  • Robinson River
  • Rockfish River
  • Sandy Bottom Park Pond
  • Sandy River Reservoir
  • Shenandoah River
  • Skidmore Reservoir
  • Sleepy Creek
  • Smith Mountain Lake
  • Smith River
  • South Anna River
  • South Branch Potomac River
  • South Fork Shenandoah River
  • South Holston Lake
  • South River
  • Spring Creek Lake
  • Stinking River
  • Stockton Lake
  • Swift Creek Lake
  • Ta River
  • Tug Forkof the Big Sandy River
  • Upshurs Bay
  • Urbanna Creek
  • Walker Creek
  • Waller Mill Reservoir
  • Warwick River
  • Western Branch Reservoir
  • Willis River
  • Yeocomico River
  • York River

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