Census shows some growth in WV, but state's population is shrinking
By Travis Crum The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON — While there is growth in counties that border another state, most of West Virginia is shrinking.
According to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, 50 of West Virginia’s 55 counties lost population between 2017 and 2018.
Among them are Kanawha and Cabell counties, which rank among those with the most population loss during that time. Kanawha County experienced a 1.6 percent population loss in just a year, or more than 2,800 people. Cabell County had a 1.3 percent loss, or more than 1,200 people.
Meanwhile, 10 counties grew modestly over that span, led by Berkeley County. That county, which shares borders with Maryland and Virginia, remains the state’s second-most populated county, gaining 1.8 percent in a year, or more than 2,100 people.
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