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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in North Dakota for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Williston (Photos)
- West Fargo (Photos)
- Minot (Photos)
- Mandan (Photos)
- Bismarck (Photos)
- Fargo (Photos)
- Grand Forks (Photos)
- Devils Lake (Photos)
- Jamestown (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Williston, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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.
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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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 23,902 Population 2010: 13,852
Growth Rate: 72.55%
Absolute Growth: 10,050
2. West Fargo
Population: 31,557 Population 2010: 23,868
Growth Rate: 32.21%
Absolute Growth: 7,689
Population: 21,985 Population 2010: 17,168
Growth Rate: 28.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,817
Population: 47,338 Population 2010: 39,054
Growth Rate: 21.21%
Absolute Growth: 8,284
Population: 20,613 Population 2010: 17,813
Growth Rate: 15.72%
Absolute Growth: 2,800
Population: 68,981 Population 2010: 59,988
Growth Rate: 14.99%
Absolute Growth: 8,993
Population: 115,950 Population 2010: 102,527
Growth Rate: 13.09%
Absolute Growth: 13,423
8. Grand Forks
Population: 55,831 Population 2010: 52,294
Growth Rate: 6.76%
Absolute Growth: 3,537
9. Devils Lake
Population: 7,299 Population 2010: 7,040
Growth Rate: 3.68%
Absolute Growth: 259
Population: 15,441 Population 2010: 15,292
Growth Rate: 0.97%
Absolute Growth: 149
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in North Dakota are led by Williston which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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