CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Berkeley County is now West Virginia's second largest county by population. Population estimates released today by the U-S Census Bureau show that between April First, 2000, and July First, 2006, Berkeley County's population grew by an estimated 21,629 residents.
That total of 97,534 is more than enough to replace Cabell County as West Virginia's second largest county. By comparison, Cabell lost 2,881 people to drop to about 93,000.
Kanawha County continues to rank as the largest county by population with more than 193,000 residents, but it also lost the most residents during the six-year period, more than 7,600.
Eastern Panhandle and northcentral counties were among the 26 counties to gain population.
West Virginia's southern coalfields and the counties along the Ohio River, except for Jackson, lost population.