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    • 1 to 3 days

      Virginia Beach

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

  • VIRGINIA BEACH

  • ABINGDON

  • ACCOMAC

  • ACHILLES

  • AFTON

  • ALBERTA

  • ALDIE

  • ALEXANDRIA

  • ALTAVISTA

  • ALTON

  • AMELIA COURT HOUSE

  • AMHERST

  • AMISSVILLE

  • AMMON

  • AMONATE

  • ANDOVER

  • ANNANDALE

  • APPALACHIA

  • APPOMATTOX

  • ARARAT

  • ARCOLA

  • ARK

  • ARLINGTON

  • ARODA

  • ARRINGTON

  • ARVONIA

  • ASHBURN

  • ASHLAND

  • ASSAWOMAN

  • ATKINS

  • ATLANTIC

  • AUGUSTA SPRINGS

  • AUSTINVILLE

  • AXTON

  • AYLETT

  • BACOVA

  • BANCO

  • BANDY

  • BARBOURSVILLE

  • BARHAMSVILLE

  • BARREN SPRINGS

  • BASKERVILLE

  • BASSETT

  • BASTIAN

  • BASYE

  • BATESVILLE

  • BATTERY PARK

  • BEALETON

  • BEAUMONT

  • BEAVERDAM

  • BEDFORD

  • BEE

  • BELLE HAVEN

  • BELSPRING

  • BEN HUR

  • BENA

  • BENT MOUNTAIN

  • BENTONVILLE

  • BERGTON

  • BERRYVILLE

  • BIG ISLAND

  • BIG ROCK

  • BIG STONE GAP

  • BIRCHLEAF

  • BIRDSNEST

  • BISHOP

  • BLACKSBURG

  • BLACKSTONE

  • BLACKWATER

  • BLAIRS

  • BLAND

  • BLOXOM

  • BLUE GRASS

  • BLUE RIDGE

  • BLUEFIELD

  • BLUEMONT

  • BOHANNON

  • BOISSEVAIN

  • BOONES MILL

  • BOSTON

  • BOWLING GREEN

  • BOYCE

  • BOYDTON

  • BOYKINS

  • BRACEY

  • BRANCHVILLE

  • BRANDY STATION

  • BREAKS

  • BREMO BLUFF

  • BRIDGEWATER

  • BRIGHTWOOD

  • BRISTOL

  • BRISTOW

  • BROAD RUN

  • BROADFORD

  • BROADWAY

  • BRODNAX

  • BROOKE

  • BROOKNEAL

  • BROWNSBURG

  • BRUCETOWN

  • BRUINGTON

  • BUCHANAN

  • BUCKINGHAM

  • BUENA VISTA

  • BUFFALO JUNCTION

  • BUMPASS

  • BURGESS

  • BURKE

  • BURKES GARDEN

  • BURKEVILLE

  • BURR HILL

  • CALLANDS

  • CALLAO

  • CALLAWAY

  • CALVERTON

  • CANA

  • CAPE CHARLES

  • CAPEVILLE

  • CAPRON

  • CARDINAL

  • CARET

  • CARROLLTON

  • CARRSVILLE

  • CARSON

  • CARTERSVILLE

  • CASANOVA

  • CASCADE

  • CASTLETON

  • CASTLEWOOD

  • CATAWBA

  • CATHARPIN

  • CATLETT

  • CEDAR BLUFF

  • CENTER CROSS

  • CENTREVILLE

  • CERES

  • CHAMPLAIN

  • CHANTILLY

  • CHARLES CITY

  • CHARLOTTE COURT HOUSE

  • CHARLOTTESVILLE

  • CHASE CITY

  • CHATHAM

  • CHECK

  • CHERITON

  • CHESAPEAKE

  • CHESTER

  • CHESTER GAP

  • CHESTERFIELD

  • CHILHOWIE

  • CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND

  • CHRISTCHURCH

  • CHRISTIANSBURG

  • CHURCH ROAD

  • CHURCH VIEW

  • CHURCHVILLE

  • CLAREMONT

  • CLARKSVILLE

  • CLAUDVILLE

  • CLEAR BROOK

  • CLEVELAND

  • CLIFFORD

  • CLIFTON

  • CLIFTON FORGE

  • CLINCHCO

  • CLINTWOOD

  • CLOVER

  • CLOVERDALE

  • CLUSTER SPRINGS

  • COBBS CREEK

  • COEBURN

  • COLEMAN FALLS

  • COLES POINT

  • COLLINSVILLE

  • COLONIAL BEACH

  • COLONIAL HEIGHTS

  • COLUMBIA

  • CONCORD

  • COPPER HILL

  • CORBIN

  • COURTLAND

  • COVESVILLE

  • COVINGTON

  • CRADDOCKVILLE

  • CRAIGSVILLE

  • CREWE

  • CRIDERS

  • CRIMORA

  • CRIPPLE CREEK

  • CRITZ

  • CROCKETT

  • CROSS JUNCTION

  • CROZET

  • CROZIER

  • CRYSTAL HILL

  • CULLEN

  • CULPEPER

  • CUMBERLAND

  • DAHLGREN

  • DALEVILLE

  • DAMASCUS

  • DANTE

  • DANVILLE

  • DAVENPORT

  • DAVIS WHARF

  • DAYTON

  • DEERFIELD

  • DELAPLANE

  • DELTAVILLE

  • DENDRON

  • DEWITT

  • DHS

  • DIGGS

  • DILLWYN

  • DINWIDDIE

  • DISPUTANTA

  • DOE HILL

  • DOGUE

  • DOLPHIN

  • DORAN

  • DOSWELL

  • DRAKES BRANCH

  • DRAPER

  • DREWRYVILLE

  • DRY FORK

  • DRYDEN

  • DUBLIN

  • DUFFIELD

  • DUGSPUR

  • DULLES

  • DUMFRIES

  • DUNDAS

  • DUNGANNON

  • DUNN LORING

  • DUNNSVILLE

  • DUTTON

  • DYKE

  • EAGLE ROCK

  • EARLYSVILLE

  • EAST STONE GAP

  • EASTVILLE

  • EBONY

  • EDINBURG

  • EDWARDSVILLE

  • EGGLESTON

  • ELBERON

  • ELK CREEK

  • ELKTON

  • ELKWOOD

  • ELLISTON

  • EMORY

  • EMPORIA

  • ESMONT

  • ETLAN

  • EVERGREEN

  • EVINGTON

  • EWING

  • EXMORE

  • FABER

  • FAIRFAX

  • FAIRFAX STATION

  • FAIRFIELD

  • FALLS CHURCH

  • FALLS MILLS

  • FANCY GAP

  • FARMVILLE

  • FARNHAM

  • FERRUM

  • FIELDALE

  • FINCASTLE

  • FISHERS HILL

  • FISHERSVILLE

  • FLINT HILL

  • FLOYD

  • FORD

  • FOREST

  • FORK UNION

  • FORT BELVOIR

  • FORT BLACKMORE

  • FORT DEFIANCE

  • FORT EUSTIS

  • FORT LEE

  • FORT MITCHELL

  • FORT MONROE

  • FORT MYER

  • FORT VALLEY

  • FOSTER

  • FRANKLIN

  • FRANKTOWN

  • FREDERICKSBURG

  • FREE UNION

  • FREEMAN

  • FRIES

  • FRONT ROYAL

  • FULKS RUN

  • GAINESVILLE

  • GALAX

  • GARRISONVILLE

  • GASBURG

  • GATE CITY

  • GLADE HILL

  • GLADE SPRING

  • GLADSTONE

  • GLADYS

  • GLASGOW

  • GLEN ALLEN

  • GLEN LYN

  • GLEN WILTON

  • GLOUCESTER

  • GLOUCESTER POINT

  • GOLDVEIN

  • GOOCHLAND

  • GOODE

  • GOODVIEW

  • GORDONSVILLE

  • GORE

  • GOSHEN

  • GRAVES MILL

  • GREAT FALLS

  • GREEN BAY

  • GREENBACKVILLE

  • GREENBUSH

  • GREENVILLE

  • GREENWAY

  • GREENWOOD

  • GRETNA

  • GRIMSTEAD

  • GROTTOES

  • GRUNDY

  • GUM SPRING

  • GWYNN

  • HACKSNECK

  • HADENSVILLE

  • HAGUE

  • HALIFAX

  • HALLIEFORD

  • HALLWOOD

  • HAMILTON

  • HAMPDEN SYDNEY

  • HAMPTON

  • HANOVER

  • HARBORTON

  • HARDY

  • HARDYVILLE

  • HARRISONBURG

  • HARTFIELD

  • HARTWOOD

  • HAYES

  • HAYMARKET

  • HAYNESVILLE

  • HAYSI

  • HAYWOOD

  • HEAD WATERS

  • HEATHSVILLE

  • HENRICO

  • HENRY

  • HERNDON

  • HILLSVILLE

  • HILTONS

  • HINTON

  • HIWASSEE

  • HONAKER

  • HOOD

  • HOPEWELL

  • HORNTOWN

  • HORSEPEN

  • HOT SPRINGS

  • HOWARDSVILLE

  • HUDDLESTON

  • HUDGINS

  • HUME

  • HUNTLY

  • HURLEY

  • HURT

  • HUSTLE

  • INDEPENDENCE

  • INDIAN VALLEY

  • IRON GATE

  • IRVINGTON

  • ISLE OF WIGHT

  • IVANHOE

  • IVOR

  • IVY

  • JAMAICA

  • JAMESTOWN

  • JAMESVILLE

  • JARRATT

  • JAVA

  • JEFFERSONTON

  • JENKINS BRIDGE

  • JERSEY

  • JETERSVILLE

  • JEWELL RIDGE

  • JONESVILLE

  • KEELING

  • KEEN MOUNTAIN

  • KEENE

  • KEEZLETOWN

  • KELLER

  • KENBRIDGE

  • KENTS STORE

  • KEOKEE

  • KESWICK

  • KEYSVILLE

  • KILMARNOCK

  • KING AND QUEEN COURT HOUSE

  • KING GEORGE

  • KING WILLIAM

  • KINSALE

  • LA CROSSE

  • LACEY SPRING

  • LACKEY

  • LADYSMITH

  • LAMBSBURG

  • LANCASTER

  • LANEVIEW

  • LANEXA

  • LAUREL FORK

  • LAWRENCEVILLE

  • LEBANON

  • LEESBURG

  • LEON

  • LEXINGTON

  • LIGHTFOOT

  • LIGNUM

  • LINCOLN

  • LINDEN

  • LINVILLE

  • LITTLE PLYMOUTH

  • LIVELY

  • LOCUST DALE

  • LOCUST GROVE

  • LOCUST HILL

  • LOCUSTVILLE

  • LONG ISLAND

  • LORETTO

  • LORTON

  • LOTTSBURG

  • LOUISA

  • LOVETTSVILLE

  • LOVINGSTON

  • LOW MOOR

  • LOWRY

  • LUNENBURG

  • LURAY

  • LYNCH STATION

  • LYNCHBURG

  • LYNDHURST

  • MACHIPONGO

  • MACON

  • MADISON

  • MADISON HEIGHTS

  • MAIDENS

  • MANAKIN SABOT

  • MANASSAS

  • MANNBORO

  • MANQUIN

  • MAPPSVILLE

  • MARION

  • MARIONVILLE

  • MARKHAM

  • MARSHALL

  • MARTINSVILLE

  • MARYUS

  • MASCOT

  • MATHEWS

  • MATTAPONI

  • MAURERTOWN

  • MAVISDALE

  • MAX MEADOWS

  • MAXIE

  • MC CLURE

  • MC COY

  • MC DOWELL

  • MC GAHEYSVILLE

  • MC KENNEY

  • MC LEAN

  • MEADOWS OF DAN

  • MEADOWVIEW

  • MEARS

  • MECHANICSVILLE

  • MEHERRIN

  • MELFA

  • MENDOTA

  • MEREDITHVILLE

  • MERRIFIELD

  • MERRY POINT

  • MIDDLEBROOK

  • MIDDLEBURG

  • MIDDLETOWN

  • MIDLAND

  • MIDLOTHIAN

  • MILFORD

  • MILLBORO

  • MILLERS TAVERN

  • MILLWOOD

  • MINERAL

  • MINT SPRING

  • MITCHELLS

  • MODEST TOWN

  • MOLLUSK

  • MONETA

  • MONROE

  • MONTEBELLO

  • MONTEREY

  • MONTPELIER

  • MONTPELIER STATION

  • MONTROSS

  • MONTVALE

  • MOON

  • MORATTICO

  • MOSELEY

  • MOUNT CRAWFORD

  • MOUNT HOLLY

  • MOUNT JACKSON

  • MOUNT SIDNEY

  • MOUNT SOLON

  • MOUNT VERNON

  • MOUTH OF WILSON

  • MUSTOE

  • NARROWS

  • NARUNA

  • NASSAWADOX

  • NATHALIE

  • NATURAL BRIDGE

  • NATURAL BRIDGE STATION

  • NELLYSFORD

  • NELSON

  • NELSONIA

  • NEW CANTON

  • NEW CASTLE

  • NEW CHURCH

  • NEW HOPE

  • NEW KENT

  • NEW MARKET

  • NEW POINT

  • NEW RIVER

  • NEWBERN

  • NEWINGTON

  • NEWPORT

  • NEWPORT NEWS

  • NEWSOMS

  • NEWTOWN

  • NICKELSVILLE

  • NINDE

  • NOKESVILLE

  • NORA

  • NORFOLK

  • NORGE

  • NORTH

  • NORTH GARDEN

  • NORTH TAZEWELL

  • NORTON

  • NORWOOD

  • NOTTOWAY

  • NUTTSVILLE

  • OAK HALL

  • OAKPARK

  • OAKTON

  • OAKWOOD

  • OCCOQUAN

  • OILVILLE

  • OLDHAMS

  • ONANCOCK

  • ONEMO

  • ONLEY

  • OPHELIA

  • ORANGE

  • ORDINARY

  • ORISKANY

  • ORKNEY SPRINGS

  • ORLEAN

  • OYSTER

  • PAEONIAN SPRINGS

  • PAINT BANK

  • PAINTER

  • PALMYRA

  • PAMPLIN

  • PARIS

  • PARKSLEY

  • PARROTT

  • PARTLOW

  • PATRICK SPRINGS

  • PEARISBURG

  • PEMBROKE

  • PENHOOK

  • PENN LAIRD

  • PENNINGTON GAP

  • PETERSBURG

  • PHENIX

  • PHILOMONT

  • PILGRIMS KNOB

  • PILOT

  • PINEY RIVER

  • PITTSVILLE

  • PLEASANT VALLEY

  • POCAHONTAS

  • POQUOSON

  • PORT HAYWOOD

  • PORT REPUBLIC

  • PORT ROYAL

  • PORTSMOUTH

  • POUND

  • POUNDING MILL

  • POWHATAN

  • PRATTS

  • PRINCE GEORGE

  • PROSPECT

  • PROVIDENCE FORGE

  • PULASKI

  • PUNGOTEAGUE

  • PURCELLVILLE

  • QUANTICO

  • QUICKSBURG

  • QUINBY

  • QUINQUE

  • QUINTON

  • RADFORD

  • RADIANT

  • RANDOLPH

  • RAPHINE

  • RAPIDAN

  • RAPPAHANNOCK ACADEMY

  • RAVEN

  • RAWLINGS

  • RECTORTOWN

  • RED ASH

  • RED HOUSE

  • RED OAK

  • REDWOOD

  • REEDVILLE

  • REMINGTON

  • RESCUE

  • RESTON

  • REVA

  • RHOADESVILLE

  • RICE

  • RICH CREEK

  • RICHARDSVILLE

  • RICHLANDS

  • RICHMOND

  • RIDGEWAY

  • RILEYVILLE

  • RINER

  • RINGGOLD

  • RIPPLEMEAD

  • RIXEYVILLE

  • ROANOKE

  • ROCHELLE

  • ROCKBRIDGE BATHS

  • ROCKVILLE

  • ROCKY GAP

  • ROCKY MOUNT

  • ROLLINS FORK

  • ROSE HILL

  • ROSEDALE

  • ROSELAND

  • ROUND HILL

  • ROWE

  • RUBY

  • RUCKERSVILLE

  • RURAL RETREAT

  • RUSTBURG

  • RUTHER GLEN

  • RUTHVILLE

  • SAINT CHARLES

  • SAINT PAUL

  • SAINT STEPHENS CHURCH

  • SALEM

  • SALTVILLE

  • SALUDA

  • SANDSTON

  • SANDY HOOK

  • SANDY LEVEL

  • SANDY POINT

  • SANFORD

  • SAXE

  • SAXIS

  • SCHLEY

  • SCHUYLER

  • SCOTTSBURG

  • SCOTTSVILLE

  • SEAFORD

  • SEALSTON

  • SEAVIEW

  • SEDLEY

  • SELMA

  • SEVERN

  • SHACKLEFORDS

  • SHARPS

  • SHAWSVILLE

  • SHENANDOAH

  • SHIPMAN

  • SHORTT GAP

  • SINGERS GLEN

  • SKIPPERS

  • SKIPWITH

  • SMITHFIELD

  • SOMERSET

  • SOMERVILLE

  • SOUTH BOSTON

  • SOUTH HILL

  • SPARTA

  • SPEEDWELL

  • SPENCER

  • SPERRYVILLE

  • SPOTSYLVANIA

  • SPOUT SPRING

  • SPRING GROVE

  • SPRINGFIELD

  • STAFFORD

  • STAFFORDSVILLE

  • STANARDSVILLE

  • STANLEY

  • STANLEYTOWN

  • STAR TANNERY

  • STATE FARM

  • STAUNTON

  • STEELES TAVERN

  • STEPHENS CITY

  • STEPHENSON

  • STERLING

  • STEVENSBURG

  • STEVENSVILLE

  • STONY CREEK

  • STRASBURG

  • STRATFORD

  • STUART

  • STUARTS DRAFT

  • STUDLEY

  • SUFFOLK

  • SUGAR GROVE

  • SUMERDUCK

  • SURRY

  • SUSAN

  • SUSSEX

  • SUTHERLAND

  • SUTHERLIN

  • SWEET BRIAR

  • SWOOPE

  • SWORDS CREEK

  • SYRIA

  • TANGIER

  • TANNERSVILLE

  • TAPPAHANNOCK

  • TASLEY

  • TAZEWELL

  • TEMPERANCEVILLE

  • THAXTON

  • THE PLAINS

  • THORNBURG

  • TIMBERVILLE

  • TOANO

  • TOMS BROOK

  • TOPPING

  • TOWNSEND

  • TREVILIANS

  • TRIANGLE

  • TROUTDALE

  • TROUTVILLE

  • TROY

  • TYRO

  • UNION HALL

  • UNIONVILLE

  • UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

  • UPPERVILLE

  • URBANNA

  • VALENTINES

  • VANSANT

  • VERNON HILL

  • VERONA

  • VESTA

  • VESUVIUS

  • VICTORIA

  • VIENNA

  • VIEWTOWN

  • VILLAGE

  • VILLAMONT

  • VINTON

  • VIRGILINA

  • VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY

  • WACHAPREAGUE

  • WAKE

  • WAKEFIELD

  • WALKERTON

  • WALLOPS ISLAND

  • WARDTOWN

  • WARE NECK

  • WARFIELD

  • WARM SPRINGS

  • WARRENTON

  • WARSAW

  • WASHINGTON

  • WATER VIEW

  • WATERFORD

  • WATTSVILLE

  • WAVERLY

  • WAYNESBORO

  • WEBER CITY

  • WEEMS

  • WEST AUGUSTA

  • WEST MCLEAN

  • WEST POINT

  • WEYERS CAVE

  • WHITE HALL

  • WHITE MARSH

  • WHITE PLAINS

  • WHITE POST

  • WHITE STONE

  • WHITETOP

  • WHITEWOOD

  • WICOMICO

  • WICOMICO CHURCH

  • WILLIAMSBURG

  • WILLIAMSVILLE

  • WILLIS

  • WILLIS WHARF

  • WILSONS

  • WINCHESTER

  • WINDSOR

  • WINGINA

  • WIRTZ

  • WISE

  • WITHAMS

  • WOLFORD

  • WOLFTOWN

  • WOODBERRY FOREST

  • WOODBRIDGE

  • WOODFORD

  • WOODLAWN

  • WOODS CROSS ROADS

  • WOODSTOCK

  • WOODVILLE

  • WOOLWINE

  • WYLLIESBURG

  • WYTHEVILLE

  • YALE

  • YORKTOWN

  • ZACATA

  • ZUNI
  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in Virginia?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in Virginia. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

    This package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in Virginia?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in Virginia. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

    Standard Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Premium Live Answering

    Calls personally answered/ screened/ forwarded per your instruction, allowing you to decide whether to accept the call, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

    Find-Me / Follow-Me: Live efforts to forward your calls, allowing you to not miss that important call.

    Both Standard and Premium packages provide:

    • Off-hour automated reception with up to 7 extensions – Auto-attendant answering of calls in your company’s name with up to 3 dialing options for callers external client number(s). Unlimited Long Distance Continental U.S.
    • Custom greeting for Off-hours – Your company branding when your line is answered.
    • Flat Rate Monthly Call Bundles – You choose the amount of bundled calls monthly for your services and receive one-set price.
    • Local Number – Local Number that is uniquely yours while employing our services.
    • Voice-mail Message to Email – Receive Voice-mails to email and hear it as a .wav file, saving long-distance charges in lieu of calling in to check your messages.
    • Music on Hold – Callers hear music when on hold or while waiting to connect.
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    • Call Time Scheduler – Calls can be routed a certain way during business hours (9-5) and a different way after-hours.

    This Package can be purchased on our website or by calling 702.943.0315

    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in Virginia?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in Virginia. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

    Categories:

    • Answering Services
    • Live Receptionist
    • Order Entry
    • Scheduling
    • Call Center
    • Help Desk

    24/7 Service Defined:

    • Absentee Reporting – Agents can answer your employee reporting line and document employee absences at a minimal cost of hiring full or part-time staff.
    • Ad Response – Agents can service and manage the responses to targeted advertising campaigns, website advertising, newspapers, radio, and direct mailings.
    • Answering Service – Experienced agents can answer your line 24/7; collect the information you require; and promptly forward it to you.
    • Directory Service – Provide your callers with the nearest location of your store, service center, or dealer.
    • Disaster Recovery Back-up – Prevent your phones from being unanswered during crisis by utilizing our answering service.
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    • Property Management Services – Agents can handle property inquiries and maintenance dispatching 24/7.
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    Commonwealth of Virginia

    Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a U.S. state located in the South Atlantic region of the United States. Virginia is nicknamed the “Old Dominion” and the “Mother of Presidents” after the eight U.S. presidents born there. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; and Virginia Beach is the most populous city. Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The wealthiest is Loudoun County. The Commonwealth’s population is over eight million.
    The area’s history begins with several indigenous groups, including the Powhatan. In 1607 the London Company established the Colony of Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony. Slave labor and the land acquired from displaced Native American tribes each played a significant role in the colony’s early politics and plantation economy. Virginia was one of the 13 Colonies in the American Revolution and joined the Confederacy in the American Civil War, during which Richmond was made the Confederate capital and Virginia’s northwestern counties seceded to form the state of West Virginia. Although the Commonwealth was under conservative single-party rule for nearly a century following Reconstruction, both major national parties are competitive in modern Virginia.
    The Virginia General Assembly is the oldest legislature in the Western Hemisphere. The state government has been repeatedly ranked most effective by the Pew Center on the States. It is unique in how it treats cities and counties equally, manages local roads, and prohibits its governors from serving consecutive terms. Virginia’s economy has many sectors: agriculture in the Shenandoah Valley; federal agencies in Northern Virginia, including the headquarters of the Department of Defense and CIA; and military facilities in Hampton Roads, the site of the region’s main seaport. Virginia’s public schools and many colleges and universities have contributed to growing media and technology sectors. As a result, computer chips have become the state’s leading export.

    Geography

    Virginia has a total area of 42,774.2 square miles (110,784.7 km2), including 3,180.13 square miles (8,236.5 km2) of water, making it the 35th-largest state by area. Virginia is bordered by Maryland and Washington, D.C. to the north and east; by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; by North Carolina and Tennessee to the south; by Kentucky to the west; and by West Virginia to the north and west. Virginia’s boundary with Maryland and Washington, D.C. extends to the low-water mark of the south shore of the Potomac River. The southern border is defined as the 36° 30′ parallel north, though surveyor error led to deviations of as much as three arcminutes.

    Geology and terrain

    The Chesapeake Bay separates the contiguous portion of the Commonwealth from the two-county peninsula of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The bay was formed following a meteoroid impact crater during the Eocene. Many of Virginia’s rivers flow into the Chesapeake Bay, including the Potomac, Rappahannock, York, and James, which create three peninsulas in the bay. Geographically and geologically, Virginia is divided into five regions from east to west: Tidewater, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridge and Valley, and Cumberland Plateau.
    The Tidewater is a coastal plain between the Atlantic coast and the fall line. It includes the Eastern Shore and major estuaries of Chesapeake Bay. The Piedmont is a series of sedimentary and igneous rock-based foothills east of the mountains which were formed in the Mesozoic. The region, known for its heavy clay soil, includes the Southwest Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the chain of Appalachian Mountains with the highest points in the state, the tallest being Mount Rogers at 5,729 feet (1,746 m). The Ridge and Valley region is west of the mountains, and includes the Great Appalachian Valley. The region is carbonate rock based, and includes Massanutten Mountain. The Cumberland Plateau and the Cumberland Mountains are in the south-west corner of Virginia, below the Allegheny Plateau. In this region, rivers flow northwest, with a dendritic drainage system, into the Ohio River basin.
    The state’s carbonate rock is filled with more than 4,000 caves, ten of which are open for tourism. The Virginia seismic zone has not had a history of regular activity. Earthquakes are rarely above 4.5 on the Richter magnitude scale because Virginia is located away from the edges of the North American Plate. The largest earthquake, at an estimated 5.9 magnitude, was in 1897 near Blacksburg. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Virginia on August 23, 2011, near Mineral. The earthquake was reportedly felt as far away as Toronto, Canada. Coal mining takes place in the three mountainous regions at 40 distinct coal beds near Mesozoic basins. Other resources such as slate, kyanite, sand, and gravel are mined, with an annual value of nearly $2 billion as of 2006.

    Climate

    The climate of Virginia becomes increasingly warmer and more humid farther south and east. Seasonal extremes vary from average lows of 26 °F (-3 °C) in January to average highs of 86 °F (30 °C) in July. The Atlantic ocean has a strong effect on eastern and southeastern coastal areas of the state. Influenced by the Gulf Stream, coastal weather is subject to hurricanes, most pronouncedly near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay.
    Virginia has an annual average of 35-45 days of thunderstorm activity, particularly in the western part of the state, and an average annual precipitation of 42.7 inches (108 cm). Cold air masses arriving over the mountains in winter can lead to significant snowfalls, such as the Blizzard of 1996 and winter storms of 2009-2010. The interaction of these elements with the state’s topography creates distinct microclimates in the Shenandoah Valley, the mountainous southwest, and the coastal plains. Virginia averages seven tornadoes annually, most F2 or lower on the Fujita scale.
    In recent years, the expansion of the southern suburbs of Washington, D.C. into Northern Virginia has introduced an urban heat island primarily caused by increased absorption of solar radiation in more densely populated areas. In the American Lung Association’s 2011 report, 11 counties received failing grades for air quality, with Fairfax County having the worst in the state, due to automobile pollution. Haze in the mountains is caused in part by coal power plants.

    Flora and fauna

    Forests cover 65% of the state, primarily with deciduous, broad leaf trees. Lower altitudes are more likely to have small but dense stands of moisture-loving hemlocks and mosses in abundance, with hickory and oak in the Blue Ridge. However since the early 1990s, Gypsy moth infestations have eroded the dominance of oak forests. In the lowland tidewater yellow pines tend to dominate, with bald cypress wetland forests in the Great Dismal and Nottoway swamps. Other common trees and plants include chestnut, maple, tulip poplar, mountain laurel, milkweed, daisies, and many species of ferns. The largest areas of wilderness are along the Atlantic coast and in the western mountains, where the largest populations of trillium wildflowers in North America are found. The Atlantic coast regions are host to flora commonly associated with the South Atlantic pine forests and lower Southeast Coastal Plain maritime flora, the latter found primarily in southeastern Virginia.
    Mammals include White-tailed deer, black bear, beaver, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, skunk, groundhog, Virginia Opossum, gray fox, red fox, and eastern cottontail rabbit. Birds include cardinals, barred owls, Carolina chickadees, Red-tailed Hawks, Ospreys, Brown Pelicans, Quail, Sea gulls, Bald Eagles, and Wild Turkeys. The Peregrine Falcon was reintroduced into Shenandoah National Park in the mid-1990s. Walleye, brook trout, Roanoke bass, and blue catfish are among the 210 known species of freshwater fish. Running brooks with rocky bottoms are often inhabited by plentiful amounts of crayfish and salamanders. The Chesapeake Bay is host to many species, including blue crabs, clams, oysters, and rockfish (also known as striped bass).
    Virginia has 30 National Park Service units, such as Great Falls Park and the Appalachian Trail, and one national park, the Shenandoah National Park. Shenandoah was established in 1935 and encompasses the scenic Skyline Drive. Almost 40% of the park’s area (79,579 acres/322 km2) has been designated as wilderness under the National Wilderness Preservation System. Additionally, there are 34 Virginia state parks and 17 state forests, run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Forestry. The Chesapeake Bay, while not a national park, is protected by both state and federal legislation, and the jointly run Chesapeake Bay Program which conducts restoration on the bay and its watershed. The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge extends into North Carolina, as does the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which marks the beginning of the Outer Banks.

    History

    Jamestown 2007 marked Virginia’s quadricentennial year, celebrating 400 years since the establishment of the Jamestown Colony. The celebrations highlighted contributions from Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans, each of which had a significant part in shaping Virginia’s history. Warfare, including among these groups, has also had an important role. Virginia was a focal point in conflicts from the French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the Civil War, to the Cold War and the War on Terrorism. Stories about historic figures, such as those surrounding Pocahontas and John Smith, George Washington’s childhood, or the plantation elite in the slave society of the antebellum period, have also created potent myths of state history, and have served as rationales for Virginia’s ideology.

    Colony

    The first people are estimated to have arrived in Virginia over 12,000 years ago. By 5,000 years ago more permanent settlements emerged, and farming began by 900 AD. By 1500, the Algonquian peoples had founded towns such as Werowocomoco in the Tidewater region, which they referred to as Tsenacommacah. The other major language groups in the area were the Siouan to the west, and the Iroquoians, who included the Nottoway and Meherrin, to the north and south. After 1570, the Algonquians consolidated under Chief Powhatan in response to threats from these other groups on their trade network. Powhatan controlled more than 30 smaller tribes and over 150 settlements, who shared a common Virginia Algonquian language. In 1607, the native Tidewater population was between 13,000 and 14,000.
    Several European expeditions, including a group of Spanish Jesuits, explored the Chesapeake Bay during the 16th century. In 1583, Queen Elizabeth I of England granted Walter Raleigh a charter to plant a colony north of Spanish Florida. In 1584, Raleigh sent an expedition to the Atlantic coast of North America. The name “Virginia” may have been suggested then by Raleigh or Elizabeth, perhaps noting her status as the “Virgin Queen”, and may also be related to a native phrase, “Wingandacoa”, or name, “Wingina”. Initially the name applied to the entire coastal region from South Carolina to Maine, plus the island of Bermuda. The London Company was incorporated as a joint stock company by the proprietary Charter of 1606, which granted land rights to this area. The Company financed the first permanent English settlement in the “New World”, Jamestown. Named for King James I, it was founded in May 1607 by Christopher Newport. In 1619, colonists took greater control with an elected legislature called the House of Burgesses. With the bankruptcy of the London Company in 1624, the settlement was taken into royal authority as a British crown colony.
    Life in the colony was perilous, and many died during the “starving time” in 1609 and the Anglo-Powhatan Wars, including the Indian massacre of 1622, which fostered the colonists’ negative view of all tribes. By 1624, only 3,400 of the 6,000 early settlers had survived. However, European demand for tobacco fueled the arrival of more settlers and servants. The headright system tried to solve the labor shortage by providing colonists with land for each indentured servant they transported to Virginia. African workers were first imported in 1619, and their slavery was codified after a 1654 lawsuit over the servant John Casor.
    Tensions and the geographic differences between the working and ruling classes led to Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676, by which time current and former indentured servants made up as much as 80% of the population. Rebels, largely from the colony’s frontier, were also opposed to the conciliatory policy towards native tribes. Colonists appropriated tribal land by force and treaty, including the Treaty of 1677, which made the signatory tribes tributary states. Williamsburg became the colonial capital in 1699, following the founding of The College of William & Mary in 1693. In 1747, a group of Virginian speculators formed the Ohio Company, with the backing of the British crown, to start English settlement and trade in the Ohio Country west of the Appalachian Mountains. France, which claimed this area as part of their colony of New France, viewed this as a threat, and the ensuing French and Indian War became part of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). A militia from several British colonies, called the Virginia Regiment, was led by then-Lieutenant colonel George Washington.

    Statehood

    The British Parliament’s efforts to levy new taxes following the French and Indian War were deeply unpopular in the colonies. In the House of Burgesses, opposition to taxation without representation was led by Patrick Henry and Richard Henry Lee, among others. Virginians began to coordinate their actions with other colonies in 1773, and sent delegates to the Continental Congress the following year. After the House of Burgesses was dissolved by the royal governor in 1774, Virginia’s revolutionary leaders continued to govern via the Virginia Conventions. On May 15, 1776, the Convention declared Virginia’s independence from the British Empire and adopted George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was then included in a new constitution. Another Virginian, Thomas Jefferson, drew upon Mason’s work in drafting the national Declaration of Independence.
    When the American Revolutionary War began, George Washington was selected to head the colonial army. During the war, the capital was moved to Richmond at the urging of Governor Thomas Jefferson, who feared that Williamsburg’s location would make it vulnerable to British attack. In 1781, the combined action of Continental and French land and naval forces trapped the British army on the Virginia Peninsula, where troops under George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau defeated British General Cornwallis in the Siege of Yorktown. His surrender on October 19, 1781 led to peace negotiations in Paris and secured the independence of the colonies.
    Virginians were instrumental in writing the United States Constitution. James Madison drafted the Virginia Plan in 1787 and the Bill of Rights in 1789. Virginia ratified the Constitution on June 25, 1788. The three-fifths compromise ensured that Virginia, with its large number of slaves, initially had the largest bloc in the House of Representatives. Together with the Virginia dynasty of presidents, this gave the Commonwealth national importance. In 1790, both Virginia and Maryland ceded territory to form the new District of Columbia, though the Virginian area was retroceded in 1846. Virginia is called “Mother of States” because of its role in being carved into states like Kentucky, which became the 15th state in 1792, and for the numbers of American pioneers born in Virginia.

    Civil War and aftermath

    In addition to agriculture, slave labor was increasingly used in mining, shipbuilding and other industries. Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831 and John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 showed deep social discontent about slavery and its role in the plantation economy. By 1860, almost half a million people, roughly 31% of the total population of Virginia, were enslaved. This division contributed to the start of the American Civil War.
    Virginia voted to secede from the United States on April 17, 1861, after the Battle of Fort Sumter and Abraham Lincoln’s call for volunteers. On April 24, Virginia joined the Confederate States of America, which chose Richmond as its capital. After the 1863 Wheeling Convention, 48 counties in the northwest separated to form a new state of West Virginia, which chose to remain loyal to the Union. Virginian general Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia in 1862, and led invasions into Union territory, ultimately becoming commander of all Confederate forces. During the war, more battles were fought in Virginia than anywhere else, including Bull Run, the Seven Days Battles, Chancellorsville, and the concluding Battle of Appomattox Court House. After the capture of Richmond in 1865, the capital was briefly moved to Danville. Virginia was formally restored to the United States in 1870, due to the work of the Committee of Nine.
    During the post-war Reconstruction era, Virginia adopted a constitution which provided for free public schools, and guaranteed political, civil, and voting rights. The populist Readjuster Party ran an inclusive coalition until the conservative white Democratic Party gained power after 1883. It passed segregationist Jim Crow laws and in 1902 rewrote the Constitution of Virginia to include a poll tax and other voter registration measures that effectively disfranchised most African Americans and many poor whites. Though their schools were segregated and underfunded, as were services, due to a lack of political representation, African Americans were able to create their own communities.

    Modern era

    New economic forces also changed the Commonwealth. Virginian James Albert Bonsack invented the tobacco cigarette rolling machine in 1880 leading to new industrial scale production centered around Richmond. In 1886, railroad magnate Collis Potter Huntington founded Newport News Shipbuilding, which was responsible for building six major World War I-era battleships for the U.S. Navy from 1907-1923. During the war, German submarines like U-151 attacked ships outside the port. In 1926, Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin, rector of Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Church, began restoration of colonial-era buildings in the historic district with financial backing of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Though their project, like others in the state, had to contend with the Great Depression and World War II, work continued as Colonial Williamsburg became a major tourist attraction.
    Protests started by Barbara Rose Johns in 1951 in Farmville against segregated schools led to the lawsuit Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County. This case, filed by Richmond natives Spottswood Robinson and Oliver Hill, was decided in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education, which rejected the segregationist doctrine of “separate but equal”. But, in 1958, under the policy of “massive resistance” led by the influential segregationist Senator Harry F. Byrd and his Byrd Organization, the Commonwealth prohibited desegregated local schools from receiving state funding.
    The Civil Rights Movement gained many participants in the 1960s. It achieved the moral force and support to gain passage of national legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1964 the United States Supreme Court ordered Prince Edward County and others to integrate schools. In 1967, the Court also struck down the state’s ban on interracial marriage with Loving v. Virginia. From 1969 to 1971, state legislators under Governor Mills Godwin rewrote the constitution, after goals such as the repeal of Jim Crow laws had been achieved. In 1989, Douglas Wilder became the first African American elected as governor in the United States.
    The Cold War led to the expansion of national defense government programs housed in offices in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., and correlative population growth. The Central Intelligence Agency in Langley was involved in various Cold War events, including as the target of Soviet espionage activities. Also among the federal developments was the Pentagon, built during World War II as the headquarters for the Department of Defense. It was one of the targets of the September 11 attacks; 189 people died at the site when a jet passenger plane crashed into the building.

    Economy

    While Virginia is an employment-at-will state, its economy has diverse sources of income, including local and federal government, military, farming and business. Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the service sector. The unemployment rate in Virginia is among the lowest in the nation, at 5.5%, as of December 2012. The second fastest job growth town in the nation is Leesburg, as of 2011. The Gross Domestic Product of Virginia was $424 billion in 2010. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Virginia had the most counties in the top 100 wealthiest in the United States based upon median income in 2007. Northern Virginia is the highest-income region in Virginia, having six of the twenty highest-income counties in the United States, including the three highest as of 2011. According to CNN Money Magazine the highest-income town in the nation is Great Falls, as of 2011.
    Virginia has the highest concentration of technology workers of any state, and the fourth-highest number of technology workers after California, Texas, and New York. Computer chips became the state’s highest-grossing export in 2006, surpassing its traditional top exports of coal and tobacco combined. Northern Virginia, once considered the state’s dairy capital, now hosts software, communication technology, defense contracting companies, particularly in the Dulles Technology Corridor. Northern Virginia’s data centers currently carry more than 50% of the nation’s internet traffic, and by 2012 Dominion Power expects that 10% of all its electricity in Northern Virginia will be used by data centers.
    Virginia companies received the fourth-highest amount of venture capital funding in the first half of 2011 after California, Massachusetts, and New York. In 2009, Forbes Magazine named Virginia the best state in the nation for business for the fourth year in a row, while CNBC named it the top state for business in 2007, 2009, and 2011. Virginia has 20 Fortune 500 companies, ranking the state eighth nationwide.
    Virginia has the highest defense spending of any state per capita, providing the Commonwealth with around 900,000 jobs, and 10% of all U.S. federal procurement money is spent in Virginia. Virginia has over 800,000 veterans, more than any other state, and is second to California in total Department of Defense employees. Many Virginians work for federal agencies in Northern Virginia, which include the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, as well as the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Many others work for government contractors, including defense and security firms, which hold more than 15,000 federal contracts. The Hampton Roads area has the largest concentration of military bases and facilities of any metropolitan area in the world. The largest of the bases is Naval Station Norfolk.
    Agriculture occupies 32% of the land in Virginia. As of 2012, about 357,000 Virginian jobs were in agriculture, with over 47,000 farms, averaging 171 acres (0.27 sq mi; 0.69 km2), in a total farmland area of 8.1 million acres (12,656 sq mi; 32,780 km2). Though agriculture has declined significantly since 1960 when there were twice as many farms, it remains the largest single industry in Virginia. Tomatoes surpassed soy as the most profitable crop in Virginia in 2006, with peanuts and hay as other agricultural products. Although it is no longer the primary crop, Virginia is still the fifth-largest producer of tobacco nationwide. Eastern oyster harvests are an important part of the Chesapeake Bay economy, but declining oyster populations from disease, pollution, and overfishing have diminished catches. Wineries and vineyards in the Northern Neck and along the Blue Ridge Mountains also have begun to generate income and attract tourists.
    Virginia collects personal income tax in five income brackets, ranging from 3.0% to 5.75%. The state sales and use tax rate is 4%, while the tax rate on food is 1.5%. There is an additional 1% local tax, for a total of a 5% combined sales tax on most Virginia purchases and 2.5% on most food. Virginia’s property tax is set and collected at the local government level and varies throughout the Commonwealth. Real estate is also taxed at the local level based on 100% of fair market value. Tangible personal property also is taxed at the local level and is based on a percentage or percentages of original cost.