West Virginia Loses More Than 12K Residents Over Past Year

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Census estimates show West Virginia’s population shrank for the fifth straight year in 2017.

According to estimates released Wednesday, West Virginia was among eight states to lose population. As of July 1, the state’s population was estimated at 1,815,857, down 12,780 from a revised estimate of 1,828,637 the same time a year ago.

West Virginia’s population has dipped every year since reaching 1,855,360 in 2012.