This study Is an analytical assessment of the social and economic situation in the 11 county area. The major focus of the study is directed toward the impact of increased mining activity on population, settlement patterns, land use, and the economic structure of the coal-rich basin. While this assessment is primarily concerned with the present socio-economic situation along the Levisa Fork and its tributaries, considerable effort has been given to projecting the future impact of continuing growth in coal production. It is assumed that the nation's need for energy will continue to stimulate the coal-based economy of the region for at least the remainder of this century.
Cox, Gary, "Current and Projected Socioeconomic Conditions of the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River Basin of Kentucky and Virginia" (1982). Faculty Research at Morehead State University. 949.