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Nicknamed the "Mother of Presidents" because eight of our nation''s leaders were born here, Virginia has a population of over 8 million which makes it the 12th most populous state. Besides being midway between New York and Florida, this state also shares borders with Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. Much of our nation''s history was made in this state.
Over half the battles fought in the civil war took place here. If you enjoy visiting battlefields, drop in at the Battle of Williamsburg, Cornwallis'' Cave, Fredericksburg Battlefield, Petersburg National Battlefield or a host of others. You can also tour the Pentagon in Arlington, which is the largest office building in the world.
Speaking of offices, many well-known companies have located their headquarters in "Old Dominion." AMF Bowling Center, Capital One, Dollar Tree, Rolls-Royce North America, Sprint Nextel Corporation and Brink''s just to name a few companies who use Virginia as their home base.
In 2012, Moneyrates.com named Virginia the "Best State to Make a Living In." Besides having one of the lowest rates of unemployment in the country, a wide variety of industries do well here. Agriculture (tobacco, peanuts, corn, sweet potatoes, poultry and ham) dominates with an economic impact of $52 billion annually and employs 357,000 workers. Other employee-rich businesses include tourism, U.S. Navy warships, coal mining, lumber and the government.
When Virginia''s workers take time off, you''ll find some of them enjoying the abundant outdoor and cultural activities, amusement parks and other sources for recreation and relaxation that are available. Popular tourist destinations include the Blue Ridge Mountains, Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, Richmond, Jamestown, Virginia Beach and Chincoteague and Assateague on the Eastern Shore.
Children often read about the wild ponies at Chincoteague in the book Misty of Chincoteague. It''s sure to be in school libraries. Schools here received a "B" for their overall grade from Quality Counts, which also ranked them for having the fourth best school system in the nation in 2013.
Add to all these plusses a locale with four distinct seasons and it''s hard to find a reason not to live here. Virginia''s weather has been called a "Goldilocks Climate" - not too hot, not too cold - officially it''s called a humid, subtropical region.
And back on Chincoteague Island you''ll find the world''s only oyster museum.
By: Michael Danzig