# How many valence electrons does I have?

##### 1 Answer
Nov 2, 2016

$\text{The iodine atom has 7 valence electrons.}$

#### Explanation:

Iodine is a Group VII atoms; therefore it have 7 valence electrons. The iodide ion. ${I}^{-}$, clearly had 8 valence electrons, and a negative charge.