12/31/2013 8:45 AM
by Rebecca Turco
CHARLESTON - The mountain state was
one of two states to lose population in the past year, according to new census
The estimates released by the Census
Bureau put the state's population as of July 1, 2013 at 1,854,304. That number
is down nearly 2,400 from last year's estimate.
Maine was the only other state to record a decrease in
population. Maine and Rhode Island are the only states whose most recent
population estimates are lower than the 2010 census count.
Only 16 of West Virginia's 55 counties
gained population since the 2010 census, according to the 2012 county-level