FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. Rural places account for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest share ever, while metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. Rural places account for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest share ever, while metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises.  (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. Rural places account for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest share ever, while metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. (AP Photo/Jon C. Hancock, File)
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