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McDowell county was established at 1858. Since then, the main source of income for its residents is derived from coal mining industry. During the 1950s and 1960s, the population was boomed and reached more than 100,000 residents. After that period, though, the mining industry started to go down and the population started to decline. Today, the county has almost 20,000 residents.