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. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth’s estimated population as of 2017 is over 8.4 million. The ten largest cities are Virginia Beach (448,470), Norfolk (246,139), Chesapeake (230,571), Arlington (224,906), Richmond (214,114), Newport News (182,020), Alexandria (148,892), Hampton (136,699), Roanoke (98,465), and Portsmouth (96,205). Virginia has 4.1 million civilian workers, and one-third of the jobs are in the service sector. The unemployment rate in Virginia as of 2017 is 3.8%, which is below the national average. The Gross Domestic Product of Virginia was $452 billion in 2013.
State Department of Agriculture
Established in 1877, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship. The agency is headquartered in Richmond and has several field offices, four regional diagnostic animal health laboratories and a global network of representatives promoting Virginia products internationally.
Shopvafinest.com is a service to businesses and individuals looking for tastefully distinctive
gifts of gourmet food and beverage products produced or processed in the state of Virginia and which have earned the Virginia’s Finest trademark designation of quality.
Virginia Grown is a marketing division of the Virginia Department of Agriculture dedicated to the produce, nursery and Christmas Tree industries.
Their list of agri-tourism, farmer’s markets and farm stands are maintained here as well.
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The Made In Virginia Store proudly presents products made by the people of Tidewater, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, and Chesapeake Bay areas of Virginia. Browse through our unique collection of gifts, souvenirs, crafts, wines, and foodstuffs. Gift baskets are available to send to your favorite Virginian or someone who just wishes they were! You can use the online store to place your order or visit our store in Historic Downtown Fredericksburg.
Made in Virginia is a tv show that reveals the raw materials, processes, machinery, distribution, and the enterprising individuals who invent, produce, and build today’s highly valued Virginia products. Discover what it really means to be state-of-the-art and Made in Virginia.