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North Dakota Only State to Continue to Grow Younger According to U.S. Census Bureau
Post Date: Jun 23 2016

By ND Commerce
North Dakota is the only state in the nation that continued to grow younger in 2015, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. North Dakota was the only state to decline their median age from 34.9 to 34.6 between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.
 
“North Dakota continues to be the fourth youngest state in the nation,” said Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Census Office. “Overall, 40 counties have seen a reduction in median age between July 2014 and 2015 with an additional four seeing no change.”
 
Maine had the highest median age at 44.5 years, and Utah had the lowest at 30.7 years. Only Utah, Alaska (33.8) and Texas (34.3) were estimated to be younger than North Dakota.
 
North Dakota’s low unemployment rate, 2.8% as of May 2016, and availability of over 15,400 open positions in the state continues to attract youth to the state. North Dakota has the highest portion of young adults, with 9.6 percent of the state’s population being 20 to 24 years old, the highest rate in the country.
 
MoneyRates.com recently named North Dakota as the best state for millennials based on factors including unemployment rates, affordability of housing, and access to entertainment and broadband.
 
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
For more North Dakota news and information go to www.NDCommerce.com.
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