CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - New census estimates show that West Virginia was one of two states to lose population in the past year.
The estimates released Monday by the Census Bureau puts the state's population as of July 1, 2013, at 1,854,304. That's down nearly 2,400 from the 2012 estimate.
The Associated Press reports that 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.
The 2012 county-level estimates showed only 16 of West Virginia's 55 counties having gained population since the 2010 census.