85 Fun & Interesting Facts About West Virginia, USA (2022 Data!) - Fun World Facts (2023)

85 Fun & Interesting Facts About West Virginia, USA (2022 Data!) - Fun World Facts (1)

by Nick

West Virginia (yes, the state praised in the John Denver song) is known for its mountains, outdoor activities, and coal mining.

Find out what else “The Mountain State” is famous for with these fun West Virginia facts!

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General West Virginia Facts

  • West Virginia is located in the Mid-Atlantic, Appalachian, and (according to some lists) Southeastern region of the United States.
  • It is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north, Maryland to the east, Virginia to the southeast, and Kentucky and Ohio to the west.
  • Although it is only 72 mi (116 km) from Chesapeake Bay on the Atlantic coast, West Virginia is a landlocked state.
  • West Virginia has a total area of 24,230 mi² (62,755 km²), making it the 10th smallest state in the US. It sits between Maryland and South Carolina in terms of size.
  • West Virginia is slightly larger than Norway and slightly smaller than Latvia.
  • According to some, West Virginia is shaped like a squashed frog, with its legs splayed out in the northeast.
  • West Virginia is the 12th least populous state, with a population of 1.76 million residents. It has more people than Hawaii but less than Idaho.
  • The population of West Virginia has been declining for the last decade. It reached a peak of 1.86 million in 2012.
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  • Charleston is the capital and largest city in West Virginia. It has a population of 48,000 (metropolitan 255,000).
  • The state was initially named Kanawha, after a Native American tribe.
  • The land of West Virginia was once populated by various Native American tribes, including the Occaneechi, Iroquois, Tutelo, Meherrin, Monacan, Shawnee, Saponi, Manahoac, Nottaway, and Cherokee. Today they make up less than 0.2% of the population.
  • “The Mountain State” is a common nickname of West Virginia because it’s the only state that’s completely within the Appalachian Mountain range. It has also been called “The Switzerland of America” for the same reason.
  • Another nickname for West Virginia is “The Panhandle State.” Nine other US states, including Alaska and Florida, have panhandles (a long strip of land that sticks out), although West Virginia is the only state that has two.
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  • The official state motto of West Virginia is “Montani Semper Liberi” which is Latin for “Mountaineers are Always Free”.
  • A famous tourism slogan from West Virginia is “Almost Heaven”, which comes from the classic John Denver Song “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, which is all about West Virginia. It is now one of the state’s four official songs (fun fact: Colorado also has a John Denver song as one of its state songs).
  • The official acronym for West Virginia is WV, while people from there are called West Virginians.
  • West Virginia is on the “Monarch Highway”, a route of migrating monarch butterflies between Canada and Mexico. The monarch butterfly is thus the official state insect.
  • The black bear is the official state animal, the same as New Mexico, Louisiana, and Alabama.
  • Golden Delicious apples are the official state fruit of West Virginia, while coal is the official state rock.
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  • West Virginia’s state flag features the coat of arms on a white background, representing purity. The blue border represents the Union.
  • The coat of arms shows a miner and farmer, for the state’s industry and agriculture. A boulder is inscribed with the date West Virginia was admitted to the Union. The “Cap of Liberty” and hunting rifles represent West Virginia’s fight for liberty.

Random Interesting Facts About West Virginia

  • West Virginia has one of the oldest populations of any state, with a median age of 42.7. Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont also top the list.
  • West Virginia is the second most obese state (after Mississippi) and Huntington, West Virginia was once ranked as the nation’s most obese town. Jamie Oliver, the famous chef from England, was welcomed into its school district. Jamie’s food education program there was turned into a reality television series, Food Revolution.
  • West Virginia holds the record for the most places named after international cities. The state has cities, towns, or villages named Shanghai, Berlin, Cairo, Vienna, Calcutta, Geneva, Athens, and more.
  • Other unusually named towns in West Virginia include Man, Fort Gay, Nutter Fort, and Paw Paw.
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  • West Virginia has one national park: New River Gorge National Park. New River is ironically named, as it is said to be one of the five oldest rivers in the world. It is the deepest river valley east of the Mississippi and the youngest national park in the country.
  • The nation’s longest steel-arch bridge is the New River Gorge Bridge in the national park. It spans 1,815 ft (553 m) across the New River Gorge.
  • New River is unique in the sense that it flows from south to north, opposite of most rivers. The reason for this is that the river was formed before the mountains around it.
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  • Blackwater Falls is one of the most recognizable waterfalls in the state, often appearing in calendars and on advertisements. It is located in the state park of the same name.
  • The Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park is one of the most iconic sights in the state. It is a living monument to the more than 500 mills that used to be in the area.
  • Wheeling Suspension Bridge across the Ohio River in Wheeling was the largest suspension bridge in the world when it was first constructed in 1849.
  • The Greenbrier is a luxury hot spring resort in West Virginia that has been welcoming guests since 1778. In total, 26 US presidents have stayed there.
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  • The hot spring spa in Berkeley Springs State Park is the only state-run spa in the US. George Washington’s former bathtub can be seen there today.
  • Webster Springs, West Virginia was home to the largest sycamore tree in the world until it fell in 2010. The tree was estimated to be over 500 years old.
  • West Virginia has five ski resorts, with the largest being Snowshoe Mountain. It attracts half a million visitors per year.
  • Spruce Knob is the highest elevation in West Virginia, at 4,863 ft (1482 m) above sea level. The lowest is Harpers Ferry, at 247 ft (75 m) above sea level.
  • The hottest temperature ever recorded in the state was 112°F (44.4°C) in Martinsburg on July 10, 1936. The coldest temperature was -37°F (-38.3°C) in Lewisburg on December 30, 1917.
  • Nearly 75% of West Virginia is covered with lush green forests.
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  • The first state to have sales tax was West Virginia, which was imposed on May 3, 1921.
  • West Virginia produces 15% of the country’s coal.
  • Coal House in Williamson, WV is entirely built of coal, the first of its kind in the world.
  • The state is considered a national energy hub and leads the nation in net interstate electricity exports, underground coal mine production, and natural gas.
  • West Virginia is home to several major metal and steel companies, such as Steel of West Virginia Inc., ArcelorMittal, Nisshin Inc., Special Metals Corporation, and Follansbee Steel.
  • The state also has a booming automotive industry, with facilities owned by Toyota, Diamond Electric, NGK Spark Plugs, Sogefi, and Okuno International.
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  • Some of the most well-known companies based in West Virginia are Marquee Cinemas, Tudor’s Biscuit World, and Gabe’s.
  • Famous people from West Virginia include TV host Steve Harvey, basketball player and coach Jerry West, and country singer Brad Paisley.
  • Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade of Oak Hills, West Virginia in 1973.
  • One of the first publications specifically aimed at women, the Ladies’ Garland newspaper, was first published in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
  • The country’s first brick road was paved by engineer Mordicai Levi in Summers Street, Charleston.
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  • McDowell County resident Minnie Buckingham became the first African American woman to serve in a US government body. She was appointed to fill her husband’s unexpired term in the state of House Delegates in 1928.
  • West Virginia has some strange old laws still in existence. For instance, it is technically illegal to own a red or black flag.
  • Also, you are breaking the law if you taunt someone who doesn’t want to participate in a duel.
  • It is also still illegal to wear a hat in a theater in West Virginia (though we doubt the rule is actually applied).
  • Other weird laws include being fined $1 for each time you swear in public. If you decide to participate in a duel you won’t be able to run for public office. Last but not least, if you’re a fireman, it’s strictly prohibited to flirt.

Historical Facts About West Virginia

  • The first inhabitants of the West Virginia region arrived over 10,500 years ago.
  • Around 250 to 150 BC, members of the Adena culture built what is today the largest cone-shaped earth mound in the US. Called the Grave Creek Mound, it consists of over 60,000 tons of dirt.
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  • In 1606, the Virginia Colony was established.
  • Jamestown, the first British settlement in the Americas, was founded in 1607 in what is now Virginia.
  • In 1669, John Lederer became the first European to enter West Virginia after he visited the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Explorers Thomas Batts and Robert Fallum discovered Kanawha Falls after they travelled into the Appalachian Mountains in 1671.
  • In 1734, Orange County, Virginia was established. It included all of present-day West Virginia.
  • In 1742, coal was first discovered in the area of West Virginia, though the industry would really boom in the late 1800s.
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  • George Washington surveyed land in West Virginia in 1748.
  • West Virginia’s oldest town, Shepherdstown, was founded in 1762.
  • In 1776, residents of West Virginia petitioned the Congress to create a 14th state called Westsylvania. The petition was denied.
  • In November 1849, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge was built.
  • After Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, West Virginia remained loyal to the Union by creating its own government separate from Virginia.
  • In 1862, the Battle of Shepherdstown was fought in what is now West Virginia. The battle was part of the Confederate army’s withdrawal, and they suffered heavy losses.
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  • West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state in 1863.
  • Slavery was abolished in West Virginia after the Civil War came to an end in 1865.
  • In 1875, Wheeling became the state capital.
  • The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 started at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Martinsburg Shops in West Virginia. The strike spread to cities in New York State, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Illinois, and Missouri, with over 100 dying.
  • Charleston became the permanent state capital in 1885.
  • On October 1, 1896, Rural Free Delivery was established by the US Post Office, with the first routes in West Virginia.
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  • In December of 1897, the last public hanging in the state took place in Jackson County, West Virginia.
  • The country’s first women-exclusive federal prison was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.
  • In 1938, Pearl S. Buck of Hillsboro became the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • In 1977, the New River Gorge Bridge was opened.
  • At the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Mary Lou Retton of West Virginia, a 16-year-old gymnast at the time, became known as “America’s Sweetheart” after winning 1 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze medals.
  • In 2008, Hillary Clinton won with 67% of the vote in the West Virginia primary. Eight years later, however, she would offend many locals by saying that she would put coal mines out of business in favor of green energy.
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  • Saira Blair was elected by West Virginia voters to the state legislature on November 4, 2014 at the age of 18. This made Blair the youngest state lawmaker in the country.
  • In late 2020, the New River Gorge National park was established.
  • Due to its shrinking population, a faster rate than any other state over the last decade, West Virginia lost a congressional seat in 2021.
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FAQs

What's interesting about West Virginia? ›

West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its statehood by proclamation of the President of the United States. West Virginia is the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain range, aptly given the nickname the Mountain State. West Virginia is the third most forested state.

What are 4 Interesting facts about Virginia? ›

The present state capital in Richmond was also the capital of the Confederacy. Virginia quarter was issued on October 16, 2000. The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg is the second oldest in the United States, it was founded in 1693. Over 1/2 the battles fought in the civil war were fought in Virginia.

When did coal mining start in West Virginia? ›

Coal is reported to have been mined as early as 1810 when a mine was operated near Wheeling, in the northern panhandle. The growth of the salt industry led to the opening of mines to supply furnace fuel during the 1820's and 1830's. The other coal fields in the state began to develop in the following two decades.

What's a fun fact for the day? ›

Fun Facts and Trivia
  • It is impossible for most people to lick their own elbow. ...
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A shrimp's heart is in its head.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

Does WV have earthquakes? ›

Latest Local Earthquakes (click image for more detail)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 5:06 AM (EST), Union, WV NEW! Monday, September 27, 2021 - 9:37 AM (EDT), Lafayette, VA NEW! Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 8:55 PM (EDT), Narrows, VA NEW! Friday, May 21, 2021, Athalia, OH - 12:53 AM (EDT) NEW!

What is WV most famous for? ›

The state's rolling mountains, hills and valleys earned it the nickname of The Mountain State, and it is well-known for its range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, skiing and whitewater rafting.

What is the number 1 attraction in West Virginia? ›

1. Blackwater Falls State Park. Named for the dark waters of the Blackwater River, colored by tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles, Blackwater Falls drops 60 feet over sandstone ledges before the river continues to rush through an eight-mile-long gorge.

What are 2 fun facts about Virginia? ›

Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth I, who was called the Virgin Queen. The area that's now Virginia was home to the first English colony in North America, and Virginia was thought of as one of England's dominions, or territory. That's why it's nicknamed the Old Dominion State.

What is Virginia famous for food? ›

Virginia is known for its southern-style fare including oysters, peanuts, BBQ, country ham, blue crabs, trout, apples, and Brunswick stew. Many recognize these Virginia foods but don't know the origin or how they became a tradition on our tables.

What is Virginia special for? ›

Virginia is known for the Appalachian Trail, oysters, Presidential homes, the Arlington National Cemetery, Dirty Dancing, Wild Ponies, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, and the Brunswick Stew. Virginia is also famous for Shenandoah National Park and the numerous lakes it houses within its borders.

How deep do coal mines go? ›

Underground mines are used for extracting coal deposits deeper than 100 to 200 feet. 7 Most underground mines are less than 1000 feet underground. However, some can reach depths of up to 2000 feet. 8 Passageways and underground workrooms are dug to enable the miners and machines to reach the deposits.

What is the black lung disease? ›

Coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), commonly known as "black lung disease," occurs when coal dust is inhaled. Over time, continued exposure to the coal dust causes scarring in the lungs, impairing your ability to breathe. Considered an occupational lung disease, it is most common among coal miners.

How much coal do we have left? ›

Coal Reserves in the United States

The United States has proven reserves equivalent to 347.7 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 348 years of Coal left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).

What is the most eaten food in West Virginia? ›

West Virginia's Most Popular Foods Are The Best Example Of A Traditional Appalachian Menu
  • Biscuits And Gravy. ...
  • Pepperoni Rolls. ...
  • Buckwheat Pancakes. ...
  • Venison. ...
  • Soup Beans. ...
  • West Virginia Slaw Dogs. ...
  • Apple Butter.
12 Apr 2021

What has WV invented? ›

Here are eight more things that you may not know began in West Virginia.
  • Grandparents' Day. ...
  • The nation's first public spa. ...
  • The first tunnel to be monitored by television. ...
  • Outdoor advertising. ...
  • One of the first publications for women. ...
  • Rural Free Delivery. ...
  • First municipally owned parking garage. ...
  • And of course, pepperoni rolls.
22 Jun 2015

What is West Virginia favorite food? ›

Pepperoni rolls are a favorite in West Virginia, so beloved that they were recently nominated as an official state food. At their most basic, they're nothing more than pepperoni baked inside bread.

Did U Know scary facts? ›

Scary Facts to Make Your Skin Crawl
  • Humans shed skin too. Like, a lot of skin. ...
  • We could solve American homelessness easier than you think. On average, there are over 17,000,000 vacant homes in America at any given time. ...
  • Your cellphone is more disgusting than a public toilet.
4 May 2020

Did you know facts for 7 year olds? ›

Amazing you
  • Your body has more than 600 muscles in it. ...
  • Every day a little bit of your skin dries up and falls off, becoming dust. ...
  • Your eyes blink all day long to keep them clean.
  • Each of your hands has 14 finger bones.
  • After about age 30, people start shrinking – they get a bit shorter every year.

What are 5 weird facts? ›

49 Weird & Wonderful Facts Too Odd To Be True!
  • Water makes different sounds depending on its temperature! ...
  • McDonald's invented a sweet-tasting type of broccoli! ...
  • Rabbits can't be sick! ...
  • Humans are the only animals that blush! ...
  • The hashtag symbol has a fancy term! ...
  • Apple pie isn't American!
11 Jul 2022

Does WV get tornadoes? ›

Though rare in West Virginia, tornadoes can hit in the area with little warning.

Does West Virginia have a volcano? ›

Jutting severely above the west Virginia countryside, it is an outlier; it is Harrisonburg's sore thumb. Mole Hill is the remnant of an ancient volcano, and as such, has baffled geologists for decades.

What was the largest earthquake in West Virginia? ›

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded earthquakes throughout the state since the 1800s. In fact, according to the Geological Survey, the strongest and most widely felt earthquake occurred Nov. 19, 1969, in southern West Virginia. Damage included broken windows and cracked plaster from the magnitude 4.3 shock.

Is WV a rich state? ›

In West Virginia, per capita income stands at $47,170, lower than the national figure and the second lowest among states.

What is WV largest industry? ›

In West Virginia, mining is the largest industry, accounting for 5.4% of the state's total GDP of $78.9 billion. The industry's annual economic output totals $4.3 billion, a 6.2% increase over the last five years.
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What is the best city to live in West Virginia? ›

Niche releases best places to live in WV in 2022
  • #6 Morgantown. Home of West Virginia University, Morgantown in Monongalia County is known for being full of young people and full of life. ...
  • #5 Winfield. ...
  • #4 Star City. ...
  • #3 Cheat Lake. ...
  • #2 Athens. ...
  • #1 Bridgeport.
14 Mar 2022

What is the most popular snack in West Virginia? ›

Pepperoni Rolls

This fall festival celebrates not only the area's rich Italian heritage, but West Virginia's official state food, the pepperoni roll. The pepperoni roll was developed by an Italian baker circa 1930 as an easy meal for coal miners to carry in their lunch pails, and it remains a popular snack today.

What is the cleanest town in West Virginia? ›

Welcome to Eleanor, the “Cleanest Town in West Virginia.”

Where is the richest place in West Virginia? ›

Richest Cities in West Virginia
RankCityCounty
1KabletownJefferson County
2North HillsWood County
3ShepherdstownJefferson County
4BridgeportHarrison County
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What made Virginia Rich? ›

Rolfe's tobacco sold for a high price, and tobacco quickly became Virginia's main cash crop. At first, the governors of Virginia discouraged settlers from growing tobacco because they wanted them to grow food. But the colonists, who wanted riches and not just subsistence, were undeterred.

Who is the most famous celebrity from Virginia? ›

Famous People Born in Virginia
  • Zachary Taylor U.S. president, Orange Cty.
  • Nat Turner leader of slave uprising, Southhampton Cty.
  • John Tyler U.S. president, Charles City.
  • Booker T. ...
  • George Washington first U.S. president, Westmoreland.
  • James E. ...
  • Woodrow Wilson U.S. president, Staunton.
  • Tom Wolfe journalist, Richmond.

What is the most famous thing in Virginia? ›

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most famous Virginia attractions, especially for sightseeing. It is America's longest linear park and spans 469 miles of road, meant to join the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park.

What is in the food? ›

Food is mainly composed of water, lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Minerals (e.g. salts) and organic substances (e.g. vitamins) can also be found in food. Plants, algae and some microorganisms use photosynthesis to make their own food molecules.

What is Virginia's fruit? ›

Quaker delight. Call the pawpaw by any name you like, but if one House of Delegates member has her way, make sure you also call it Virginia's state fruit. Native to Virginia and growing mainly in forests, pawpaws have been enjoying an unexpected moment in the sun. Cidermakers and wineries have embraced it.

Is Virginia a red or blue state? ›

The southern, rural regions have remained rural and conservative. Until 2021 when the GOP swept all state-wide offices, Virginia was shifting more Democratic and now is considered a swing-state again by most pundits.

Is Virginia known for lovers? ›

50 Years of Love. Virginia is For Lovers® was created in 1969, 50 years ago, and has become one of the most beloved and well-known slogans in the world. While it has meant a lot of different things to a lot of different people, one thing hasn't changed – the LOVE.

Is there a Virginia day? ›

National Virginia Day is a yearly celebration observed on September 14.

Is mining a hard job? ›

Most mining activities run over a period of 10-14 days and 10-12 hour shifts. There will be days off which will vary depending on your roster but there is no sugarcoating it, mining is hard work and takes commitment.

How deep is a gold mine? ›

List of deepest mines
RankName of mineDepth
1Mponeng Gold Mine4.0 km (2.5 mi)
2TauTona Mine3.9 km (2.4 mi)
3Savuka Gold Mine3.7 km (2.3 mi)
4East Rand Mine3.585 km (2.228 mi)
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Can you find gold in coal? ›

Highlights. Coal basins along the Variscan Orogen contain traces of gold. Gold occurs as palaeoplacers and in hydrothermal deposits. Gold occurrences reflect rapid erosion of the mineralized orogeny and young provenance of sediment in the coal basins.

What is Farmer's lung? ›

​​​​​​​Farmer's lung is an allergy to moldy crop dust that makes breathing difficult. Untreated, it can cause permanent lung damage and death. It's an allergic reaction to dust from moldy hay, but any moldy crop can also cause the problem.

Can black lung heal? ›

There is no cure. Treatments generally aim to ease symptoms, prevent further damage to your lungs, and improve your quality of life. Your doctor may prescribe medication to keep airways open, such as inhalers, especially if you have asthma symptoms.

Why do lungs turn black? ›

One of these toxins is called sticky tar. This sticky tar is black in colour and after years of smoking it builds up inside the lungs and causes them to become black too. Also, the lungs recognise the toxins and send immune cells to fight them.

Will the earth run out of oil? ›

It is predicted that we will run out of fossil fuels in this century. Oil can last up to 50 years, natural gas up to 53 years, and coal up to 114 years. Yet, renewable energy is not popular enough, so emptying our reserves can speed up.

How long will oil last? ›

The world has proven reserves equivalent to 46.6 times its annual consumption levels. This means it has about 47 years of oil left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).

How many years of gas is left in the world? ›

World Gas Reserves

The world has proven reserves equivalent to 52.3 times its annual consumption. This means it has about 52 years of gas left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).

What is the most famous thing about West Virginia? ›

West Virginia is known for its scenic mountain beauty, unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities and the friendliest folks in the country.

How Old Is West Virginia? ›

Among the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are documents that illustrate the important role Congress plays in the creation of states. For West Virginia, the road to statehood was a unique one.

What is the number 1 industry in West Virginia? ›

The Mining, Healthcare and Social Assistance and Manufacturing sectors contributed the most to West Virginia's GDP in 2022, representing a combined 45.3% of state GDP.

Is West Virginia rich or poor? ›

West Virginia is the fifth-poorest U.S. state, with a median household income of $51,615 and a poverty rate of 14.6%. West Virginians have the lowest level of higher education attainment in the nation, with only 23.1% of its residents holding a Bachelor's degree or higher.

What famous people live in West Virginia? ›

Famous West Virginians!
  • Hal Greer, professional basketball player.
  • Mary Lou Retton, professional gymnast.
  • Randy Moss, professional football player.
  • John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems.
  • George Preston Marshall, owner and president of the Washington Redskins.
  • Ted Cassidy, actor.
  • Jennifer Garner, actress.

What is WV signature drink? ›

West Virginia: Gin and tonic.

What is a West Virginia Hot Dog? ›

The West Virginia hot dog comes with chili, slaw, mustard and onions. Do you call it “chili” or “sauce?” While they refer to the same ingredient, some areas of the state prefer one term over the other.

What is West Virginia favorite candy? ›

West Virginia is the only state that lists Blow Pops as its favorite candy.

What is WV oldest town? ›

Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. The first settlement was recorded in 1730. Thomas Shepherd obtained a land grant in 1734 and was soon followed by other settlers. The town was originally named Mecklenburg in 1762, but then later changed to Shepherdstown in honor of its founder.

What is WV original name? ›

Kanawha was originally proposed as the state's name.

The name honored a Native American tribe and a major state river of the same name. When the constitution for the proposed state was finalized in 1862, however, the name had changed to the more generic West Virginia.

Who is the oldest person in WV? ›

Emma Radford
Emma Radford Radford on her 110th birthday in 2017
Birth:14 May 1907 Backus, West Virginia, USA
Death:23 July 2017 Fayetteville, West Virginia, USA
Age:110 years, 70 days
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