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State's population at an all-time high

Golden Valley News of Beach, North Dakota

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BISMARCK - Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he welcomes the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates that show North Dakota's population reached an all-time high of 723,393 residents, an increase of 22,048 from last year's count.

Last year, North Dakota's estimated 2012 population of 699,629 residents exceeded the state's record Census count set in 1930.

"After years of out-migration and population decline, it's great to see that our economic growth continues to keep North Dakotans home and that we are attracting new residents throughout the state who come for good jobs, a strong economy and our great quality of life," Dalrymple said. "Our strong economy and favorable demographic trends, including the fact that North Dakota is getting younger, give us even more reason to be very optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead."

In the early 2000s, North Dakota was one of only a few states with a declining population. The state began to reverse that trend in 2004 with an estimated population of about 645,000 residents. Since then, North Dakota's population has grown every year, with a total increase of about 78,000 residents.

North Dakota's population has also been getting younger. Census data shows that the median age of North Dakota residents continued to climb between 2000 and 2008, reaching about 37.3 years of age. Since 2008, the median age of North Dakota residents has declined to last year's 36.1 years of age.

Additional demographic information will be released by the Census Bureau later in 2014.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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