North Dakota’s population soared by more than 100,000 from 2010 to 2020 — the fastest population growth the state has seen in more than a century.
Census figures released on Monday, April 26, indicate North Dakota has a population of 779,094. That’s 106,503 more than the 2010 census count, or an increase of 15.8%, ranking the state in the top five in terms of percentage population growth.
“I am a little surprised,” said Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Census Office. “I had guessed about 10,000 less than that.”
North Dakota’s percentage growth of 15.8% was the fourth-largest behind Texas at 15.9%, Idaho at 17.3% and Utah at 18.4%. Among bordering states, Minnesota grew by 7.6%, Montana by 9.6% and South Dakota by 8.9%.
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the population surge reflects what the state has to offer workers, families and businesses.