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April 26, 2021

What West Virginia’s Population Loss Means for the State’s Future

Mountain State Spotlight, WDTV, News Break, Opera News – The first round of 2020 U.S. Census data is in, and as expected, West Virginia has lost more residents and another congressional seat. Read the full article.

There are 1,793,716 people living in the Mountain State.  There are also an additional 1,329 West Virginians living overseas, such as U.S. military members and federal civilian employees and their families.

West Virginia, one of three states to lose population since 2010, had the largest percentage loss of any state at 3.2%, according to the data released Monday. Though there have been some years with slight upticks, the population has been on an overall decline since the 1950s, according to census results.

Ultimately, West Virginia is the only state to have fewer residents now than it did 70 years ago, according to PolitiFact.

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