#44. West Virginia



– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 4,972 sq. mi. (20.5% of land area); 370,184 people (20.0% of population)

— Moderate drought: 1,108 sq. mi. (4.6% of land area); 88,510 people (4.8% of population)

— Severe drought: 251 sq. mi. (1.0% of land area); 20,334 people (1.1% of population)

— Extreme drought: 33 sq. mi. (0.1% of land area); 2,929 people (0.2% of population)

— Exceptional drought: zero sq. mi.; no people

Much of West Virginia was in a drought by the fall of 2019, when moderate drought conditions extended into the southern part of the state from the north. It was the last widespread drought there, and although the state mostly emerged, the dry conditions plaguing parts of Pennsylvania extended into West Virginia.