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    Map to Prosperity

    Thursday, January 2 2014 11:59 AM EST2014-01-02 16:59:08 GMT
    "Map to Prosperity" is a long-term project of The State Journal that will deeply examine government and business in West Virginia — both the perceptions and the reality.
    "Map to Prosperity" is a long-term project of The State Journal that will deeply examine government and business in West Virginia — both the perceptions and the reality.
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  • Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Tazewell County Man Busted for Growing Marijuana

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:04:51 GMT
    Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.Roger Lee Sparks, Jr.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
    A Richlands man is in custody after Tazewell County Deputies find $350,000 worth of pot, including 115 plants and more than a pound of harvested marijuana, and guns in his home.
  • Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Officers In Tazewell County Work To Keep Your Holiday Travel Safe

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:12 GMT
    Police patrolling the roads this Labor DayPolice patrolling the roads this Labor Day
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
    According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected to hit the road this Labor Day. Many police officers are out in force to keep you safe.
  • After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

    After fatal McDowell County crash, Troopers caution against drinking and driving over Holiday Weekend

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:00:38 GMT
    While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ...
    While many are safely celebrating Labor Day, State Troopers want to caution everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.The West Virginia Department of Transportation says over the last 5 years in the Mountain State, almost 800 people have been killed in a drink driving crash just during Labor Day Weekend. Troopers released these pictures from Sunday morning's fatal crash to show the consequences drinking and driving can have.Read full story on Sunday morning's fatal crash in McDowell ...

Facts and figures about West Virginia's diverse counties and how they stack up against other states:

  1. West Virginia, with a population of 1.8 million, has 55 counties. Wirt has the smallest population, with about 5,700 people, and Kanawha has the largest, with about 193,000 people.
  2. Nebraska also has a population of 1.8 million. It has 93 counties. Ten of those counties have a population of fewer than 1,000 people.
  3. Kentucky has 120 counties with a population of 4.3 million. The smallest county has a population of 2,300.
  4. Highland County has the smallest population in Virginia: 2,500; there are more black bears in Highland County than people, according to the county association director in Virginia. The Old Dominion has 95 counties. 
  5. Minnesota, a geographically large and mostly rural state, has 87 counties; the smallest has a population of 3,400 people. Nineteen counties have a population of fewer than 10,000 people, and at least two counties are without a single stop light. 
  6. Texas has the most counties of any state: 254. Texas has a population of 26 million. Loving County, with a population of 62, is the smallest county in Texas. 
  7. The county with the largest population in California is Los Angeles, with 10 million residents. The smallest county has a little more than 1,000 residents.
  8. Alabama has five counties with dual county seats. 
  9. Georgia, with a population of 9.9 million, has 159 counties. Eight have a population of fewer than 5,000 people; the smallest is Taliaferro, with a population of 1,680. Fulton has the largest population, with 977,773 people. Georgia has eight county-municipal consolidated governments.
  10. Colorado, with a population of 5.2 million, has 64 counties, including four home rule counties, two of which are consolidated city and county governments (Denver and Broomfield). Last year there were votes in 11 counties to reduce the number of counties by succession. Advocates cited concerns about inadequate representation at the state capitol. Voters in five counties approved succession. It is unclear whether succession legislation will be introduced in the upcoming session of the Colorado Legislature.

 

Source: W.Va. Association of Counties