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North Dakota cities among fastest-growing in nation

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WILLISTON, N.D. – Several North Dakota cities are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, with Williston leading the way as the fastest-growing micropolitan area, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

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Census population estimates show that Williams County grew 10.7 percent between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, faster than any other county in the nation.

Dickinson ranked No. 2 and Minot ranked No. 5 on the list of fastest-growing micropolitan areas, which is a community with a population between 10,000 and 50,000.

The Fargo metro area ranked No. 4 and Bismarck ranked No. 5 on the list of fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country.

The census numbers do not include individuals who work in North Dakota but maintain a residence outside of the state.

Kevin Iverson, manager of the census office at the North Dakota Department of Commerce, said 38 of the state’s 53 counties gained population.

“This is a major turnaround from just a few years ago when only a handful of counties experienced growth and the majority experienced yearly declines in population,” Iverson said.

Many of the growing communities are in states experiencing energy booms, which are attracting job-seekers from around the country, Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said in a news release.

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