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Virginia Education and State Information

Nicknamed 'Old Dominion,' Virginia was one of the original 13 colonies. There are nearly 90 nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia, including the College of William and Mary, George Mason University and the University of Virginia.

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Information about Virginia

Virginia has 95 counties and 40 independent cities. As of 2015, the state's population was estimated at nearly 8.4 million people. The median household income was $64,792 for 2010-2014.

With such a rich history, culture and wealth of outdoor activities, there is something for everyone in Virginia. In the fall, there are numerous county fairs, starting in mid-August and running through the end of September. Virginia is an excellent place to go camping, fishing, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, RVing and hiking, with 36 parks that were voted 'Best in the Nation'. There are modernized campsites (with electricity) and remote canoe-in or hike-in sites. Virginia has two theme parks - Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Kings Dominion, just outside of Richmond. Fall brings the opportunity to drive, hike and bike though the countryside to enjoy the autumn colors and visit the many fall festivals. Virginia is also home to several minor league soccer and baseball teams.

The weather ranges from very hot to very cold over Virginia's five distinct weather climate regions, with a mild to humid coastal climate. The average temperature in July is 75F, and the average temperature in January is 36F.

Virginia Educational Opportunities

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report included the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (26th), the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg (34th) and Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (70th) on its list of the best national universities in the country. Additionally, the University of Richmond was named the nation's 32nd best national liberal arts college, while Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, both in Lexington, were ranked 14th and 82nd, respectively, in that same category.

Other popular Virginia schools include Liberty University in Lynchburg, George Mason University in Fairfax and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale is one of the state's largest nonprofit 2-year schools, followed by Tidewater Community College in Norfolk and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond.

Virginia Economy and Industry Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, as of March 2016, professional and business services had the largest employment force in the state with nearly 718,000 jobs. Government had about 713,000 jobs, while trade, transportation, and utilities had about 675,000 jobs.

Top employers in the state, per 2015 labor market information data, include the U.S. Department of Defense, Wal-Mart, Fairfax County Public Schools, Sentara Healthcare, Food Lion, and the U.S. Postal Service.

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