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Morgantown's population nearly equal to Parkersburg's

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Morgantown could move past Parkersburg soon to become West Virginia's third-largest city, but it still has a long way to go to catch Charleston and Huntington.

The U.S. Census Bureau on May 23 released its estimates of population for municipalities as of July 1, 2012. Charleston was still the state's largest city despite having lost about 382 people since the 2010 census. Huntington remained the second largest, with its population almost unchanged.

Morgantown added about 1,340 people in the 27 months between the census and the estimate while Parkersburg lost about 231. Wheeling lost population and remains in fifth place, with several thousand people between it and sixth-place Weirton.

Estimates are based on births, deaths and movements since the 2010 census.

According to the estimates, West Virginia has 14 cities of 10,000 people or more. It has 94 with populations between 1,000 and 9,999 and 124 towns with populations less than 100.

Thurmond remains the smallest incorporated community in West Virginia. It has five inhabitants, according to the Census Bureau.