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West Virginia covers over 24,000 square miles. The highest point in the state is Spruce Knob in Pendleton County, with an elevation of 4,861 feet and the lowest point is Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County at an elevation of 247 feet. Nearly 80% of the state is covered by forests. West Virginia has 1,000,000 acres of recreation areas including 2 national parks, 36 state parks, nine state forests, 47 wildlife management areas and two national forests.
Approximately 1.8 million people live in West Virginia. The population is expected to rise only slightly by the year 2025.
In 2002 the per capita personal income was $23,688.
The state homeownership rate in 2003 was 78.1%.
In 2002, the top occupations in West Virginia were precision production, craft and repair occupations, administrative support, and professional specialty occupations. The top industries were retail trade, health services and educational services.
Whitewater rafting is a popular sport in West Virginia with over 200 miles of river designated for commercial rafting. Skiing is a popular winter sport. The state capital of Charleston includes a cultural center, several museums and a planetarium.