Thursday, February 16

Facts about West Virginia

West Virginia Facts

Learn facts about West Virginia for kids.

Have you ever been to West Virginia? Maybe you already live there. Whichever it may be, you can learn some cool facts about West Virginia right here; just keep on reading. I love learning cool facts about each of the different states in the United States. I would love to share some of those facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done alphabetically (ABC) order! Last week, we posted facts about Washington state. This week, we are posting cool facts about West Virginia. You will learn about West Virginia's state flag, bird, and other facts. The countdown is on, and there are only two (2) more states to blog about! 

Did you know West Virginia was the thirty-fifth (35th) state to join the union? Yep, that is right! West Virginia officially joined the union on June 20,1863. West Virginia is located in the Eastern region of the United States. West Virginia shares a border with five (5) states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Kentucky. West Virginia is the forty-first (41st) largest state in the United States. That means West Virginia is one of the smaller-sized states in the United States of America. There are about 1,775,155 people who live in the state of West Virginia.

Did you know that the population of the United States is estimated to be about 334,389,159 people? (At the time of this writing)


West Virginia famous person alert:

Did you know Mary Lou Retton was born in Fairmont, West Virginia? Mary Lou Retton is a famous gymnast. She competed in the Olympics. She won several medals, one of which was a gold medal. To learn more about Mary Lou Retton, CLICK HERE

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Quick Facts about West Virginia:

1. West Virginia is known for its beautiful mountains, coal mining, biscuits, and gravy. West Virginia has a few state nicknames, the Mountain State and the Panhandle State. West Virginia's state motto is “Montani semper liberi”. Montani semper liberi is a Latin word that means “Mountaineers are always free.” The abbreviation for West Virginia is WV.

2. Charleston is the capital of West Virginia. It officially became the capital in 1875 and has an estimated population of about 48,860 people.

3. The West Virginia state bird is the American Goldfinch. The American Goldfinch was officially chosen as the state bird for West Virginia on March 7, 1949. The male American Goldfinches are a bright, beautiful yellow bird. They have black on their forehead and wings. They have some white on their tails and wings. You can look at pictures of and read more about the American Goldfinch here: Click here

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4. West Virginia’s official state flower is the rhododendron. The rhododendron is a perennial evergreen shrub/bush that can be found growing in various places throughout the state of West Virginia. The rhododendron is a beautiful pink-colored flower that blooms on the evergreen shrub/bush!! The flowers start blooming in April and May. It became the official state flower in 1903.

5. The current state flag of West Virginia was officially adopted on (abt.) March 7, 1929. West Virginia’s state flag has a white background with a blue border. West Virginia’s state seal appears on the center of the flag.

6. Apples, blackberries, cantaloupe, corn, potatoes, soybeans, and wheat are among the crops grown in West Virginia.

7. Some incredible places to visit in West Virginia are Harpers Ferry, Hawks Nest State Park, and the Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

8. Some animals that live in West Virginia are bats, beavers, copperhead snakes, porcupines, skunks, and white-tailed deer.

9. West Virginia can get very hot or cold, depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was 112 degrees Fahrenheit in Moorefield, West Virginia, on August 4, 1930. The coldest temperature ever recorded in West Virginia was -37 degrees (negative 37 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Lewisburg, West Virginia on December 30, 1917.



Do you have any cool facts about West Virginia? Can you share them in the comments?



Get your free printable West Virginia worksheet here:

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Books about West Virginia:

1. Goodnight Mountaineers by Samantha Hawthorne

2. Kids' West Virginia Activity Book by Erin Turner

3. Santa Is Coming to West Virginia by Steve Smallman

4. Love Is All Around West Virginia by Wendi Silvano

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You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the posts from all 50 states in one convenient place. 


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Mimi is the author of the JOEY SAVES THE DAY! book series and other titles. She loves learning, reading, drawing, and writing. She is a homeschool mother of two children. She has two adult children that have already left the nest.

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