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Why I Stay

Over the past two weeks, we've posed the question 'Why do you stay in West Virginia?' We asked you to tweet or instagram a photo and explain what keeps you here.

The majority of responses are exactly what you might expect: friends, family, and (no surprise here) the state's landscape and natural beauty. There's an overwhelming will for many West Virginians to stay.

Instagrammer @chrisjacksonphoto said it about as well as anyone could possibly say it. He writes in his caption: "This area shaped who I am and to leave it would be to leave myself." 

Featured below is an interactive story map that recaps the project and shows some of our favorites.

If you're having trouble viewing the map, click here. To find out more and to participate yourself, visit our original post about the project.