It’s no secret that many state towns are shrinking.

Less coal mining and jobs has been a big factor in some areas.

Some of these weren’t too big even in the beginning, especially more rural communities.

But many small communities are getting smaller all the time, and their dwindling populations are reflected in the 2016 U.S. Census data.

Here are the 10 smallest communities:

Thurmond (Fayette County) 5

Thurmond West Virginia

Bruceton Mills (Preston County) 87

Bruceton Mills, WV

Auburn (Ritchie County)  92

Auburn, WV post office

Brandonville (Preston County) 106

Brandonville Historical Marker - Brandonville, WV

Oakvale (Mercer County) 119

NS C40-9W-9021, 9059 W/B 811 at Oakvale, WV

Friendly (Tyler County) 129


Pullman (Ritchie County) 142

Pullman, WV post office

Sylvester (Boone County) 149

Sylvester, WV

Sand Fork (Gilmer County) 155

Sand Fork, West Virginia 26430

Montrose (Randolph County ) 156

Drive By: Montrose, WV

Here are the runner ups:

Camden-on-Gauley (Webster County) 157

Camden On Gauley

Smithfield (Wetzel County) 157

Smithfield, West Virginia 26437

Worthington (Marion County) 159

Worthington dam (2)

Pax (Fayette County) 162

West Virginia DOT Fractional Road Sign

Rhodell (Raleigh County) 167

Rhodell, WV post office

Reedy (Roane County) 172

Blacksville (Monongalia County) 183

Blacksville Bridge (1933)

Anawalt (McDowell County) 202


Falling Spring (Greenbrier County) 208

Falling Spring, WV