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West Virginia population continues decline at a 0.6% decrease

Staff reports

Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia was among nine states that experienced population decline this year.

The Mountain State lost 11,216 people, which is a 0.6 percent decrease. The state’s population has been shrinking for the past decade at the fastest rate in the nation, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study.

This goes against the national trend, which saw a 0.6 percent growth between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018.

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