Best & worst states: what is Virginia no. 1 at?

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Virginia is the state we all love and cherish. But in a purely patriotic manner, let's compare Virginia with the other states and see where we excel and where we still have to work.

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions of the United States, between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. 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 population as of 2020 is over 8.65 million, with 36% of them living in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.

Virginia's state legislature is the Virginia General Assembly, which was established in 1619 and is the oldest continuous law-making body in North America. It is made up of a 40-member Senate and a 100-member House of Delegates.

The state government is unique in how it treats cities and counties equally, manages local roads, and prohibits governors from serving consecutive terms. Virginia's economy has many sectors: agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley; federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense and Central Intelligence Agency; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region's main seaport.

With that said, it is obvious that Virginia is a great U.S. power. These are the areas where Virginia stands out in front of other states:
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Best at: patriotism

It’s no secret that Virginians are proud of the red, white, and blue. Close to the nation’s capital and home to eight of America’s 45 presidents, it has been lauded as the most patriotic state.

Americans may feel their patriotism dampened this year amid the recent surge of protests against police brutality. Many people may find it hard to celebrate a country in which racist incidents persist. However, an expression of love for fellow citizens is patriotic in itself.

To determine the most patriotic states, WalletHub compared the 50 states across two key dimensions, “Military Engagement” and “Civic Engagement.”

WalletHub evaluated those dimensions using 13 relevant metrics, with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the highest level of patriotism.

Finally, the studywe determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the states.
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Worst at: speeding tickets

Virginia is famous for some of the country’s most expensive speeding tickets (the maximum is $2,500!).

Best at: home of the most U.S. presidents

Virginia is the birthplace of eight presidents -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson -- more than any other state.
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Worst at: bad for sports fans

Virginia does not have a single team in the NHL, NBA, MLB, or NFL.

Sports teams in Virginia include several professional teams, but no professional major-league teams. Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise playing within its borders, although two of the major-league teams representing Washington, D.C.—the NFL's Washington Football Team and NHL's Washington Capitals—have their practice facilities and operational headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Bonus: crazy facts about Virginia

  1. Virginia was named for England’s “Virgin Queen,” Elizabeth I.
  2. The major cash crop of Virginia is tobacco and many of the people who live there earn their living from the tobacco industry.
  3. Jamestown, the first of the original 13 Colonies was founded for the purpose of silk cultivation. Silk to be traded with the Court of King James. After blight fungus destroyed the mulberry trees (silkworm food), sericulturist planted tobacco as a cash crop.
  4. Jamestown was the first English settlement in the U.S. It was also the first capital of Virginia.
  5. Virginia is known as “the birthplace of a nation”.
  6. Six Presidents’ wives were born in Virginia: Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, Rachel Jackson, Letitia Tyler, Ellen Arthur, Edith Wilson.
  7. Seven Presidents are buried in Virginia: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Tyler, Taft and Kennedy.
  8. The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy.
  9. The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693.
  10. The State nickname is “Old Dominion”.

What other facts do you know about Virginia? Comment below your thoughts!


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