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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