West Virginia

Capital: Charleston
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Facts & Statistics

STATE STATISTICS 
Population 2018
1,805,832
Population 2017 1,817,048
Population 2016 1,830,929
Below Poverty 2017 19.1
Below Poverty 2016 17.9
Below Poverty 2015 17.9
Employment - Population Ratio 2018
51.0
Employment - Population Ratio 2017 50.5
Employment - Population Ratio 2016 49.9
Unemployed 2018 5.3
Unemployed 2017 5.2
Unemployed 2016 6.1
Foreclosure Rate 2018 1 of 6,937
STATE FACTS
West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.
West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State, and its motto is "Mountaineers are always free."
West Virginia has a mean altitude of 1,500 feet, giving it the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi.