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West Virginia was one of two states to lose population in the past year, according to estimates released by the Census Bureau on Dec. 30.

Based on births, deaths and migration, the Census Bureau estimated the state's population as of July 1, 2013, as 1,854,304, a decrease of 2,376 from the 2012 estimate of 1,856,680, but still higher than the 1,852,994 people counted in the 2010 census.

Maine was the other state to show a decrease, losing 199 people to drop to 1,328,302. Maine and Rhode Island are the only states whose most recent population estimates are lower than the 2010 census count.

The estimates released Dec. 30 are for states only. County and municipality estimates for 2013 will be released next year.

The 2012 county-level estimates showed only 16 of West Virginia's 55 counties having gained population since the 2010 census.