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Three-peat; Williston named Fastest Growing Micropolitan in US

Oil Patch Dispatch

by Amy Dalrymple


Prairie Pines at the Ridge is a new apartment complex built to meet Williston's record-growing population.

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. Census population estimates show that the Williston area grew 10.7 percent between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, faster than any other small city in the nation. The other hub cities in the Oil Patch also ranked high on the list of fastest-growing micropolitan areas, which are communities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. Dickinson ranked No. 2 with 5 percent growth and Minot ranked No. 5 with 3.7 percent. The figures do not include oil boom workers who work in North Dakota but maintain residences in other states.  Read More  Next City: Oil and Blood: Census Says Energy Boomtowns Are the Fastest-Growing Metro Areas


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North Dakota Incomes nearly double in Past Decade

Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau

by Rob Port


North Dakota's leaders like to refer to their state as the economic envy of the nation, and the numbers seem to back them up.  According to the most recent personal income report from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, the oil-rich plains state is once again leading the nation in personal income growth.  Read More


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