Virginia is the 10th state of the United States, admitted into the union in the year 1788. It is the 35th largest of all the 50 states in terms of area, and the 14th largest in terms of population. Regarded as one of the top 10 safest states in the country, the state has a crime rate of approximately 208 per 100,000 residents - far below the national average. On top of this, the state has also witnessed a steady decline in criminal incidents in recent years. Virginia also has a high imprisonment rate at 749 per 100,000 people - which has steadily increased in recent years.