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Census: ND's growth fast, concentrated; SD's a bit slower

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New census data show that North Dakota not only has some of the fastest population growth in the nation, but also some of the most concentrated.

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Besides oil patch counties in western North Dakota on or near the Bakken formation that are gaining population at 3 percent or more per year, so are counties in the Fargo metro area.

Counties in the Grand Forks metro area also showed growth between 2 and 2.9 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released maps and data showing population growth in 2002-2003 and 2012-2013 in counties around the nation.

Meanwhile in South Dakota, the state not showing quite the same high rate of population growth as its northern twin. However, Sioux Falls metro counties continued their over two decades of growth at 2 to 2.9 percent annual growth. Lawrence County was also growing at a similar rate with the Rapid City and Aberdeen regions, showing 1 to 1.9 percent growth.

Only Clay and Union counties in extreme eastern South Dakota showed population losses for micro or metropolitan areas in either Dakota between 2002-03 and 2012-13. Their losses were in the 1 percent range.

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