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U.S. Census Bureau Report Shows Growth Across North Dakota
Post Date: Mar 26 2015

By ND Commerce
The U.S. Census Bureau today released the agency’s annual metropolitan/micropolitan area and county population estimates showing population growth across most areas of North Dakota. 
 
Two North Dakota micro areas ranked as the nation’s fastest growing with a population of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000. The Williston micro area (Williams County) was ranked first, as the fastest growing county in the nation with 8.7 percent growth or 2,567 new residents and the Dickinson micro area (Stark County) was ranked second as the nation’s fastest growing with 7 percent growth or 1,995 new residents in the past year.
 
Nationally, McKenzie County was the fastest growing county of less than 10,000 in the country with an 18.3 percent growth or 1,669 new residents.
 
The report also showed that the Bismarck metropolitan statistical area (MSA) was ranked as the 22nd fastest growing metro area. The Bismarck MSA is estimated to have grown by 2.1 percent or 2,604 addition residents in the past year. The Fargo area grew at 2 percent or 4,438 residents.
 
A metro area contains a population of 50,000 or more, while a micro area contains at least 10,000, but less than 50,000.
 
“The growth continues wide spread across most of state with 32 of the state’s 53 counties gaining population,” said Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Census Office.  “This new data indicates growth is a bit slower than we had seen in previous years, but continues the kind of change we have been experiencing for the past few years as a result of in-migration to the state.”
 
So far this decade North Dakota’s population has grown by 9.9 percent since the 2010 Census. That is more than any other state. For the most recent year of the data, from 2013 to 2014, the state grew 2.2 percent. As recently as 2007, North Dakota had been experiencing a net out-migration.
 
The full report is available at: http://www.census.gov/.
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