23 Facts About West Virginia

1. West Virginia was a Republican trifecta, meaning that the Republican Party held the governorship and both chambers of the state.

FactSnippet No. 136,101

2. West Virginia is one of 11 states with a single appellate court.

FactSnippet No. 113,384 - en.wikipedia.org

3. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is the busiest appellate court of its type in the United States.

FactSnippet No. 113,383 - en.wikipedia.org

4. West Virginia is one of nineteen states that do not have a death penalty, and it is the only state in the southeastern United States to have abolished it.

FactSnippet No. 113,382 - en.wikipedia.org

5. West Virginia is the only state where death rates exceeds birth rates.

FactSnippet No. 113,380 - en.wikipedia.org

6. West Virginia ranked last or next-to-last in critical indicators such as Workforce Education, Entrepreneurial Activity, High-Tech Jobs, and Scientists and Engineers.

FactSnippet No. 113,379 - en.wikipedia.org

7. West Virginia ranked 49th in the 2014 State New Economy Index, and has ranked in the bottom three states since 1999.

FactSnippet No. 113,378 - en.wikipedia.org

8. West Virginia ranked 48th in the CNBC "Top States for Business 2013" based on measures of competitiveness such as economy, workforce and cost of living—ranking among the bottom 5 states for the last six years running.

FactSnippet No. 113,377 - en.wikipedia.org

9. West Virginia ranked last in the Gallup Economic Index for the fourth year running.

FactSnippet No. 113,376 - en.wikipedia.org

10. West Virginia produces a surplus of electricity and leads the Nation in net interstate electricity exports.

FactSnippet No. 113,375 - en.wikipedia.org

11. West Virginia is located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Bed, which stretches from Tennessee north to New York in the middle of Appalachia.

FactSnippet No. 113,374 - en.wikipedia.org

12. West Virginia is the site of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which features the Green Bank Telescope.

FactSnippet No. 113,373 - en.wikipedia.org

13. West Virginia was only one of ten states in 2009 that grew economically.

FactSnippet No. 113,372 - en.wikipedia.org

14. The center of population of West Virginia is located in Braxton County, in the town of Gassaway.

FactSnippet No. 113,371 - en.wikipedia.org

15. West Virginia is one of the cloudiest states in the nation, with the cities of Elkins and Beckley ranking 9th and 10th in the US respectively for the number of cloudy days per year.

FactSnippet No. 113,370 - en.wikipedia.org

16. The average elevation of West Virginia is approximately 1,500 feet above sea level, which is the highest of any US state east of the Mississippi River.

FactSnippet No. 113,368 - en.wikipedia.org

17. West Virginia is located entirely within the Appalachian Region, and the state is almost entirely mountainous, giving reason to the nickname The Mountain State and the motto Montani Semper Liberi.

FactSnippet No. 113,367 - en.wikipedia.org

18. West Virginia borders Pennsylvania and Maryland in the northeast, Virginia in the southeast, Ohio in the northwest, and Kentucky in the southwest.

FactSnippet No. 113,366 - en.wikipedia.org

19. West Virginia was the only state in the Union to separate from a Confederate state during the American Civil War.

FactSnippet No. 113,365 - en.wikipedia.org

20. West Virginia abolished slavery by a gradual process and temporarily disenfranchised men who had held Confederate office or fought for the Confederacy.

FactSnippet No. 113,363 - en.wikipedia.org

21. West Virginia was the only state to form by separating from a Confederate state, the first to separate from any state since Maine separated from Massachusetts, and was one of two states admitted to the Union during the American Civil War.

FactSnippet No. 113,361 - en.wikipedia.org

22. West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, and was a key border state during the war.

FactSnippet No. 113,360 - en.wikipedia.org

23. West Virginia is the 41st largest state by area, and is ranked 38th in population.

FactSnippet No. 113,359 - en.wikipedia.org