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West Virginia Facts, Statistics, and State Symbols

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West Virginia

"Mountain State"

Motto
Montani semper liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
Capitol
Charleston
Name Origin
In honor of Elizabeth, “Virgin Queen” of England
Statehood Date
June 20, 1863 (35th)
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Official Symbols

A state's official symbols represent the composition and culture of the land and people who live and have lived here. Below are the symbols of West Virginia along with the year they became official.

Flower Rhododendron (1903)
Tree Sugar Maple (1949)
Bird Cardinal (1949)
Animal Black Bear (1973)
Colors Blue And Gold (Official) (1863)
Songs “West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home,” “The West Virginia Hills,” And “This Is My West Virginia” (Adopted By Legislature In 1947, 1961, And 1963 As Official State Songs)
Demographics
Population Density
75.1 people per square mile
Geography and Weather
Land Area
24,077 sq mi. (62,359 sq km)
Lowest Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Average Elevation
1500 ft (457.2 m)
Highest Temperature Recorded
112°F (44°C) on July 10, 1936
Lowest Temperature Recorded
–37°F (–38°C) on December 30, 1917

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