CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia is one of two states whose population declined in the last decade, and the rate of population loss is faster than any other state in the nation, according to a recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts.
Since 2007, West Virginia has lost about 18,000 residents — approximately 0.1 percent of the total population each year. Michigan was the only other state that recorded population loss over this same time frame, losing 39,000 residents, which equals about 0.04 percent of its population each year.
While the rest of the states saw population increases from 2007 to 2017, the growth is slow, the study says. This fits into a long-term national trend that overlaps the stunted population gains with the Great Recession.
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