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Report: West Virginia Dips in Population
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on January 01, 2014 @ 9:44PM
Created on January 01, 2014 @ 4:58PM

It looks like our state is one of two that lost population over the last year.

According to estimates released earlier this week by the Census Bureau, the Mountain State is down nearly 2,400 residents from the 2012 estimate.

But according to officials from the U.S. Census Bureau, that may not be as bad as it sounds.

"The population estimates for states are based on births and deaths from the National Center for Health Statistics, and those include a ton of other factors as well. But in West Virginia we lost 2,376 people or 1.3%, while overall the nation as a whole gained about 2.25 million people," said Ben Bolender, with the United State Census Bureau.

The 2012 county-level estimates showed only 16 of our 55 counties having gained population since the census four years ago.

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Jan 02, 2014 at 6:18 AM
Your numbers just took another drop as a lot of my own family members left for Ohio. There's JOBS that pay decent wages there. WV hasn't changed for 50 years. After democrats here being in office for 30+ years and promising for 30+ years how they'd bring good jobs to WV, WV still has no decent paying jobs. And with dems constantly raising taxes and offering businesses nothing to come here....no one will be living in WV except RETIREES! Young folks won't stay here. Why should they? We offer them nothing. They can't support their families flipping burgers. It's time for WV to change political parties. Dems have had decades to do SOMETHING. And the "something" is always 'raise more taxes.' I notice they always seem to have enough money to give themselves pay raises!
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