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Population still growing in ND, Upper Midwest

1 Jan 2020


The Upper Midwest saw positive population growth over the previous year, but the pace of growth has slowed for several states.

BISMARCK — Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas were among the 40 states that saw a population increase between July 2018 and July 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

North Dakota's population reached an estimated all-time high of about 762,000 residents, up nearly 4,000 from the previous year. The state has added almost 90,000 residents since the 2010 census, and only five other states have experienced a higher rate of growth in the decade. Most of the growth came during western North Dakota's oil boom between 2010 and 2015.

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