North Dakota reaches record population


North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates, exceeding the state’s previous record set in 1930.

“After years of population decline, it’s welcomed news to see that our economic growth over the last decade continues to keep North Dakotans home and that we are attracting new residents throughout the state who come for good jobs, a stable economy and a quality of life that is second to none,” Dalrymple said.

The 2011 national and state populations estimates were released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, showing that North Dakota’s population has reached 683,932 residents. That exceeds North Dakota’s previous record population of 680,845 residents, which was set 80 years ago.

North Dakota’s population has grown during seven of the last eight years. The state’s population has increased by 50,000 residents from a decade low of 632, 809 reported in 2003, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

North Dakota’s population estimates show an increase of 11,341 people over the Census Bureau’s official count in April, 2010.  Due to the state’s dynamic residential population change, members of the North Dakota Census Committee said today’s estimates may be lower than the state’s actual population growth.

Source: Office of Governor Dalrymple