MORGANTOWN (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau says Chapmanville was West Virginia’s biggest population loser from April 2010 and July 2011. It lost 2.7 percent of its population.
Morgantown grew faster than any other city with more than 5,000 people. The home of West Virginia University grew by 2.1 percent, putting its population at 30,293. Demographers say Morgantown could overtake Parkersburg as the state’s No. 3 city if its population growth continues at the same pace over the next several years.
In the state’s Eastern Panhandle, Martinsburg and Charles Town each grew by 1.5 percent in the same period. That growth is fueled in part by their proximity to Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Charleston is West Virginia’s most populous city with 51,004, followed closely by Huntington at 49,346.