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Factbox: West Virginia

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WEST VIRGINIA

Capital: Charleston

Population: 1,831,000 (est. 2016)

Size: 62,755 square kilometers

Industry: Coal. The state ranks second in coal production.

Median household income: $42,824 (ranked 48th in the nation)

Higher education: The state also has the lowest proportion of adults with a bachelor's degree, at 17.3 percent.

Issues: West Virginia has the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the country, making it the epicenter of the opioid epidemic.

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