Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Fargo and Bismarck, while others want peace and quiet like in Valley City and Devils Lake, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in North Dakota have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Peace Garden State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in North Dakota are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Peace Garden State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 12 North Dakota cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Peace Garden State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 19,849 Population 2010: 13,852
Growth Rate: 43.29%
Absolute Growth: 5,997
2. West Fargo
Population: 28,371 Population 2010: 23,868
Growth Rate: 18.87%
Absolute Growth: 4,503
Population: 19,920 Population 2010: 17,168
Growth Rate: 16.03%
Absolute Growth: 2,752
Population: 44,533 Population 2010: 39,054
Growth Rate: 14.03%
Absolute Growth: 5,479
Population: 19,381 Population 2010: 17,813
Growth Rate: 8.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,568
Population: 65,123 Population 2010: 59,988
Growth Rate: 8.56%
Absolute Growth: 5,135
Population: 110,725 Population 2010: 102,527
Growth Rate: 8.0%
Absolute Growth: 8,198
8. Grand Forks
Population: 54,095 Population 2010: 52,294
Growth Rate: 3.44%
Absolute Growth: 1,801
9. Devils Lake
Population: 7,218 Population 2010: 7,040
Growth Rate: 2.53%
Absolute Growth: 178
10. Valley City
Population: 6,636 Population 2010: 6,558
Growth Rate: 1.19%
Absolute Growth: 78
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in North Dakota are led by Williston which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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