Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state located in the Eastern United States. It is bordered by North Carolina to the south, Tennessee to the southwest, Kentucky to the west, West Virginia to the northwest, Maryland to the northeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Its estimated population as of 2014 is over 8.3 million. The state is divided into 95 counties and 40 independent city-counties, for a total of 135 individual counties. Recently, however, Clifton Forge, Virginia and Bedford, Virginia recently converted back in their individual counties.