Birthplace of

Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton (b 1968), writer Pearl S Buck (1892–1973), pioneer aviator Chuck Yeager (b 1923), actor Don Knotts (1924–2006), country music singer Brad Paisley (1972).

Capital

Charleston

Driving Distances

Harpers Ferry to Charleston: 310 miles; Fayetteville to Morgantown: 148 miles

Famous for

Mountains, John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads,' the Hatfield–McCoy feud

Home of

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, much of the American coal industry

Major Cities

Charleston, Morgantown, Huntington

Nickname

Mountain State

Politics

Republican

Sales Tax

6%

State Slogan

'Wild and Wonderful'