West Virginia is losing residents at an alarming rate. According to a Pew study, the state's population shrank by over 18,000 people between 2007 and 2017. This is such a sharp decline that some utilities are raising their rates, claiming their operating costs must be recouped from far fewer people.
The state has become a mecca for tourists. They come to ride or walk the Hatfield-McCoy trail system, or to enjoy the many natural wonders to be found in abundance. They come to hunt, fish, boat or ski.