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Population increases in Grand Forks County

Census data show Grand Forks County saw a population increase in 2018, while surrounding counties saw decreases.

Grand Forks County population has increased 5.8% since the 2010 census, reaching 70,770 in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The county had 66,109 people in 2000. North Dakota in total saw a 13% increase in population from 2010 to 2017.

Nelson County saw the greatest decrease, 8.3%, and the Census Bureau reports it now has a population of 2,869. From 2000 to 2010, the county's population decreased 16% from its earlier tally of 3,715.

Grand Forks County has a total population of almost seven times that of the next largest nearby county and holds significantly more people per square mile than nearby areas. Grand Forks County has 46.5 people per square mile. Traill County has 9.4 people per square mile, Walsh County has 8.7, Pembina County has 6.6 and Nelson County has 3.2 people per square mile.

Living costs were significantly higher in Grand Forks County than in surrounding areas but comparable to the statewide average. The average rent from 2013 to 2017 in Grand Forks County was $796. In Walsh, it was $613. Traill County rents averaged $575; in Pembina, rents averaged $563; in Nelson, the average was $488. Statewide, rent averaged $775.

Homes in Grand Forks County also held a higher average value at $181,600. In Traill County, homes were worth an average of $127,200; in Pembina, that number was $85,500. In Walsh, home prices averaged $83,700, and in Nelson, homes averaged $78,700.

The full census will be conducted in 2020.