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BAKKEN BREAKOUT WEEKLY N.D. growth continues

By JESSICA HOLDMAN Bismarck Tribune


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Bismarck was 41st, up 2,100 people, or 1.9 percent since the last census. “It has been projected that we would

In the 50 fastest growing metro areas,

be growing,” Bismarck Mayor John War- ford said. “The important concept with this marked growth is that we grow in a good way and that we maintain our quality of life.” Several North Dakota counties and

Percent increase in

population since last census

metro areas have some of the highest percentage growth in the nation as of July 1, 2011. The growth fi gures are an update from the last census. Williston was the fastest growing mi-

Metro area

(urban cluster of 50,000 or more)

cro area nationally, up 8.8 percent. Dick- inson was fourth with 4 percent growth and Minot was eighth with 3.6 percent growth. Micro areas are defi ned as areas containing at least one urban cluster of 10,000 but less than 50,000. How to respond to this growth is the


top priority in Bismarck’s new strategic plan, Bismarck City Administrator Bill Wocken said. There will be more plat- ting, zoning and annexations to the city. “We know that we’re growing and

we’re doing everything we can to keep up with the growth pressures,” he said. Wocken said Bismarck has seen steady

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growth for the past 30 to 40 years. He credits the low unemployment rate, good standard of living, desirable schools and the energy boom. “Our economy is going up and people

want to be here,” Wocken said. The statewide annual average labor

force mirrored the growth in popula- tion, increasing by 7,216 between 2010 and 2011, according to Michael Ziesch of Job Service North Dakota Labor Market Information Center. “It is a very dynamic time in Bismarck and Mandan for growth,” Bismarck-

1.3% Bismarck Fargo

Mandan Chamber of Commerce Presi- dent Kelvin Hullet said. “It’s creating op- portunities for businesses to come into our community but it’s also bringing a series of challenges.” The main challenge is the limited

number of homes on the market right now, Hullet said. Towns in the West have hit their limits on what they are able to accommodate and there is a movement back into the Bismarck-Mandan area. Hullet said most of the growth is set to happen in the northeast side of Bismarck and northwest side of Mandan. Three to 5 percent total growth is expected over the next fi ve years. Williams County was third in nation-

Minot Dickinson Williston

containing one urban cluster of 50,000 or more. Fargo’s growth percentage was slightly less than Bismarck’s at 1.3 per- cent. North Dakota’s total population grew an estimated 1.7 percent to a total of 683,932. “The increase in our population isn’t

a surprise considering how our state’s economy and workforce has grown,” Rod Backman, chairman of the North Dakota Census Committee, said in a release. Backman said some cities may have

al growth at 8.8 percent, Stark County was 20th at 4 percent growth and Ward County was 25th at 3.9 percent. Metro areas are defi ned as an area

Micro area

(urban cluster of 10,000 but less than 50,000)

3.6% 4% 8.8%

more people than what the census num- bers show, but they’re living in North Dakota temporarily and aren’t counted as residents. (Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250- 8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktri-


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