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  • some general data of the state

  • General useful information
    Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
    State and population
    capital: Charleston // state code ISO: WV ; FIPS: US54
    surface: 62387 = 24090 sq.mi // rank in USA: 41 // location: South Atlantic
    climate: himid continental climate, except for marine modification in the lower panhandle
    entered USA as 35th state on: 1863-06-20
    administrative division: 55 counties
    total population according to the census of 2000: 1,808,344
    population density 2000: 29 per = 75 per sq.mi // net growth 1999-2000: 0,8%
    main ethnic groups: white 95,0%; black 3,2%; Asian 0,5%; other 1,3%
    Economy and infrastructure
    chief crops: apples, peaches, hay, tobacco, corn, wheat, oats
    livestock (million): cattle: 0,4 / pigs: 0,01 / poultry: 1,9; broilers 89,5 / sheep: 0,035
    timber/lumber: oak, yellow poplar, hickory, walnut, cherry
    chief industries: manufacturing, services, mining, tourism
    chief industrial products: machinery, plastic & hardwood products, fabricated metals, chemicals
    chief mining products: crushed stone, portland cement, sand & gravel, lime, salt
    Some physical landmarks
    highest point in the state: Spruce Knob 1482 m = 4863 ft
    other mountains: summit NNW of Cass 1476, Yew Mts. 1436, Briery Knob 1377, Grassy Knob 1333
    lowest point in the state: ca 80 m in the NE
    lakes: hardly any natural lakes of importance
    artificial lakes: Tygart Lake, Bluestone Lake, Sutton Lake, Summersville Lake, Cheat Lake
    rivers: Ohio, Potomac, Kanawah, Greenbrier, Guyandotte, Tug Fork, Monongahela
    others: islands: none // deserts: none
    Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
    other important features:
    nick name(s): Mountain State
    motto: Montani Semper Liberi (Mountaineers are always free)
    songs: The West Virginia Hills; This Is My West Virginia; West Virginia, My Home Sweet Home
    flower: Big rhododendron // bird: Cardinal // tree: Sugar maple
    primary sources:
    World almanac and book of facts; National Geographic Atlas of the World; maps: WN world @tlas

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    File created on 2003.03.06 by Jan Lahmeyer
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