Virginia, Minnesota

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Virginia is a city in St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA, on the Mesabi Iron Range. The area was originally named "qeechaquepagem" by the Ojibwe tribe, which roughly means "lake of the North birds". The population was 9,157 at the 2000 census. According to a water tower in the middle of town, the city's nickname is the "Queen City", or "Queen City of the North".

U.S. Highway 53, U.S. Highway 169, and State Highway 135 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.

Virginia is part of the Quad Cities of Eveleth, Gilbert, and Mountain Iron. The nearby town of Eveleth is the location of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Hockey Hall of Fame, in Toronto).



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.7 km²), of which, 18.8 square miles (48.8 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.93%) is water.


Virginia is located on the Mesabi Range, one of sub-regions within Minnesota's Iron Range.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,157 people, 4,333 households, and 2,270 families residing in the city. The population density was 486.1 people per square mile (187.7/km²). There were 4,692 housing units at an average density of 249.1/sq mi (96.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.17% White, 0.46% African American, 2.24% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.17% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population. 21.4% were of Finnish, 13.3% German, 9.9% Norwegian, 8.8% Italian and 7.8% Swedish ancestry.

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