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West Virginia, known as The Mountain State, was became a state on June 20, 1863. In its early history from 1609 until 1863, West Virginia was a part of Virginia until that state's leaders unwisely seceded from the Union in 1861. The delegates of the 40 western Virginia counties who opposed secession formed their own government, which was granted statehood in 1863. The state capitol and the state's largest city is Charleston.

West Virginia is a poor, rural, Appalaccian state that has leaned Democratic but is trending red. Coal mining is one of the industries which West Virigina is known for, but that industry is in decline.

To date, 18 West Virginians To date 278 Californians have been killed in the War in Iraq.

Demographically, according to the 2000 census, the state ranks 37th in population size at 1,808,344. Racially, according to 2000 census:

  • White: 1,718,777 (95.0%)
  • Black: 57,232 (3.2%)
  • American Indian: 3,606 (0.2%)
  • Asian: 9,434 (0.5%)
  • Other race: 3,107 (0.2%)
  • Two or more races: 15,788 (0.9%)
  • Hispanic/Latino: 12,279 (0.7%).


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West Virginia State Government

West Virginia County Governments

West Virginia Elections



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