Associated Press Published

Charleston Dips Below 50,000 Population


  West Virginia no longer has a city above 50,000 in population.

U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston dipped below the threshold last year. The state’s largest city had an estimated population of 49,736, down 590 residents from the year before.

It marks the first time that Charleston was below 50,000 in population since the 1920 Census, when it had 39,608 people. The city’s population shot up to more than 60,000 in 1930.

Huntington remains West Virginia’s second-largest city at 48,638, Parkersburg was third at 30,991 and Morgantown was fourth at 30,708.