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Charleston only West Virginia city with 50,000 population

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Charleston is hanging on as the only city in West Virginia with a population of more than 50,000, while Morgantown is now the state’s third-largest city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Census estimates released Thursday show Charleston had 50,404 residents in 2014. That’s down about 1,000 from the 2010 Census.

The estimates show Huntington remains the second-largest city at 48,807, losing about 330 residents since the 2010 Census.

Morgantown is the third largest at 31,073 residents. The home of West Virginia University has grown by 4.7 percent in four years.

Parkersburg has seen a population drop of about 500 residents since the 2010 Census and slipped to fourth at 30,981 residents.

Despite a drop of 700, Wheeling remains fifth at 27,790 residents.

Rounding out the top 10 were Weirton (19,362), Fairmont (18,740), Martinsburg (17,743), Beckley (17,238) and Clarksburg (16,242).

Besides Morgantown, Fairmont and Martinsburg were the only other top 10 cities to gain residents since 2010, according to the Census estimates.

Among other cities to see gains were Bluefield, Bridgeport, Buckhannon, Charles Town, Elkins, Hurricane and Oak Hill.

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