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N.D. sees population jump to near historic level

North Dakota's population jumped nearly 5 percent in the last decade - resulting in the most residents the state has seen in eight decades. North Dakota had a population of 672,591 people as of April 1, according to 2010 Census data revealed this...

North Dakota's population jumped nearly 5 percent in the last decade - resulting in the most residents the state has seen in eight decades.

North Dakota had a population of 672,591 people as of April 1, according to 2010 Census data revealed this morning.

That's up from 642,200 people 10 years ago.

North Dakota hasn't had a population this high since the 1930 Census when the state had 680,845 residents.

Despite the growth, North Dakota still ranks among the least populous states in the country, showing the third fewest number of residents, the U.S. Census bureau reported.

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Wyoming and Vermont showed the lowest populations of any state.

Meanwhile, Minnesota's population continued to grow as it has for many decades.

The Census Bureau recorded a statewide population of 5,303,925 people as of April 1 - up 7.8 percent since 2000, when the population was 4,919,479.

Starting in February, census data will be released on specific communities, even down to the street-level.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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