Birthplace of

George Washington (1732–99) and seven other US presidents, Confederate General Robert E Lee (1807–70), tennis ace Arthur Ashe (1943–93), author Tom Wolfe (b 1931), actor Sandra Bullock (b 1964)

Capital

Richmond

Driving Distances

Arlington to Shenandoah: 113 miles; Richmond to Virginia Beach: 108 miles

Famous for

American history, tobacco, apples, Shenandoah National Park

Home of

The Pentagon, the CIA, more technology workers than any other state

Major Cities

Virginia Beach (population 452,600), Norfolk (245,120), Chesapeake (238,000), Richmond (223,170), Newport News (181,830)

Nickname

Old Dominion

Politics

Republican

Sales Tax

5.3 to 6%

State Beverage

Milk