West Virginia

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West Virginia Quick Facts

  • State Animal: Black Bear
  • State Butterfly: Monarch Butterfly
  • State Bird: Northern Cardinal
  • State Capital: Charleston
  • State Nickname: The Mountain State
  • State Tree: Sugar Maple Tree

Other West Virginia Facts

Sales Tax
West Virginia was the first state to implement a state sales tax.

Suspension Bridge
One of the first suspension bridges in the world was built in Wheeling 1849.

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day was first observed in West Virginia in 1908.

Native American Burial Grounds
One of the nation’s oldest Native American burial grounds is located in West Virginia.

Civil War Battle
The first major Civil War battle was located in West Virginia.

Female-Only Federal Prison
The first female-only federal prison opened in West Virginia in 1926.

West Virginia By the Numbers

Years Old

The median age of the West Virginia population, the oldest of any state.


covered by forest

Square Miles

The total area of West Virginia


USA Coal Production


The average elevation in West Virginia, which is the highest of any state east of the Mississippi River

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