History, Geography, Homes, and State Resources of Virginia
Virginia has many things to offer. Northern Virginia has easy access to the Capitol, Washington, D.C. and there are many school and housing options. The state has many
opportunities for employment with government contractors, government jobs, and employment servicing the government along with its contractors, the region around
Washington, D.C. consistently enjoys one of the nation's lowest rates of unemployment. Northern Virginia can often be pricey, although housing costs differ among the
suburbs, which depends upon the amount of space you desire and how near you want to public transportation.
Coming to Virginia also offers numerous opportunities to explore culture and history, including the Mount Vernon estate of George Washington Civil War battlefields and
the Monticello of Thomas Jefferson. If recreation outdoors is your bag, relocating to Virginia provides opportunities for biking,, hiking, boating and whitewater
rafting. Want culture? You'll find performing arts venues throughout the state. Live at the beach? Virginia has over 3,000 miles along the seashore. Washington, D.C.
includes the Smithsonian museums, which includes the Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, the National Air & Space Museum. and the National
Gallery of Art. And all are free!
The history of America is closely tied to that of Virginia, particularly during the Colonial period. Jamestown, founded in 1607, was the first permanent English
settlement in North America and slavery was introduced there in 1619. The surrenders ending both the American Revolution (Yorktown) and the Civil War (Appomattox)
occurred in Virginia. The state is called the “Mother of Presidents” because eight U.S. presidents were born there.
As of 2011, there were 176 colleges and universities in Virginia. Ranked # 2 in the National Public Universities ranking of US News & World Report 2017, the College of William
and Mary is No. 6, Virginia Tech is No. 27, George Mason University is No. 71, and Virginia Commonwealth University is No. 87. Virginia Commonwealth is also ranked the # 1
public graduate school in the fine arts, while James Madison University is the # 8 regional university in The South
Virginia is the most populous U.S. state without a major professional sports league franchise. The reasons for this include the lack of any dominant city or market within the
state, the proximity of teams in Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, and a reluctance to publicly finance stadiums. However, in recent years, the city of Virginia Beach has
proposed a new arena designed to lure a major league franchise. Norfolk is host to two minor league teams: The AAA Norfolk Tides and the ECHL's Norfolk Admirals. The San
Francisco Giants' AA team, the Richmond Flying Squirrels, began play at The Diamond in 2010, replacing the AAA Richmond Braves, who relocated after 2008. Additionally, the
Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, and Toronto Blue Jays also have Single-A and Rookie-level farm
teams in Virginia. The state is also home to United Soccer League club, the Richmond Kickers
Virginia has five major airports: Washington Dulles International and Reagan Washington National in Northern Virginia, both of which handle over 20 million passengers a
year; Richmond International; and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Norfolk International serving the Hampton Roads area. Several other airports offer
limited commercial passenger service, and sixty-six public airports serve the state's aviation needs