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The capital of West Virginia is Charleston.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for West Virginia: WV
For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "WVA" as the abbreviation for West Virginia. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "WV" the official abbreviation.
Typical abbreviation for West Virginia: W.Va.
The pronunciation of West Virginia:
When the people of West Virginia refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: The state of West Virginia is in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone and observes daylight saving time.
Nickname for West Virginia: "The Mountain State"
State Motto: "Montani Semper Liberi" (Mountaineers are always free)
State Bird: Cardinal (cardinalis cardinalis)
State Tree: Sugar Maple (acer saccharum)
State Flower: Big Rhododendron (rhododendron maximum)
State Song: "West Virginia, My Home, Sweet Home", "The West Virginia Hills" or "This Is My West Virginia"
Statehood: West Virginia became the 35th state on Jun 20, 1863.
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