An editorial opinion from The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, W.Va.:
There are some good things about declining population. Shorter lines at restaurants on Friday night and less congestion on Interstate 64, come to mind, but it is a short list.Generally, the 2016 Census estimate that shows West Virginia has lost population for the fourth year in a row is bad news with a capital B.
..West Virginia was one only a handful of states that lost population between 2015 and 2016. Since the 2010 Census, the state has lost 23,000 people, about a 1.2 percent loss. The recent population losses are really nothing new. For almost a century, the state’s population has gained or lost on the ups and downs of the coal industry. But the net result is that West Virginia is the only state that has less population than it had in 1950.