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US Census: Morgantown inching up to No. 3 in W.Va.

June 29, 2012

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau said Morgantown grew faster than any other West Virginia city with more than 5,000 people from April 2010 and July 2011.

The home of West Virginia University grew by 2.1 percent, putting its population at 30,293.

Demographers said 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.

The state’s biggest population loser was Chapmanville in Logan County. It lost 2.7 percent of its population.

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