These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In North Dakota For 2018


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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:

  1. Williston (Photos)
  2. West Fargo (Photos)
  3. Dickinson
  4. Minot (Photos)
  5. Mandan (Photos)
  6. Bismarck (Photos)
  7. Fargo (Photos)
  8. Grand Forks (Photos)
  9. Devils Lake (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in North Dakota with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in north dakota

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1. Williston

Williston, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,902
Population 2010: 13,852
Growth Rate: 72.55%
Absolute Growth: 10,050

2. West Fargo

West Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,557
Population 2010: 23,868
Growth Rate: 32.21%
Absolute Growth: 7,689

3. Dickinson

Dickinson, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,985
Population 2010: 17,168
Growth Rate: 28.06%
Absolute Growth: 4,817

4. Minot

Minot, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,338
Population 2010: 39,054
Growth Rate: 21.21%
Absolute Growth: 8,284

5. Mandan

Mandan, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,613
Population 2010: 17,813
Growth Rate: 15.72%
Absolute Growth: 2,800

6. Bismarck

Bismarck, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 68,981
Population 2010: 59,988
Growth Rate: 14.99%
Absolute Growth: 8,993

7. Fargo

Fargo, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,950
Population 2010: 102,527
Growth Rate: 13.09%
Absolute Growth: 13,423

8. Grand Forks

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,831
Population 2010: 52,294
Growth Rate: 6.76%
Absolute Growth: 3,537

9. Devils Lake

Devils Lake, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,299
Population 2010: 7,040
Growth Rate: 3.68%
Absolute Growth: 259

10. Jamestown

Jamestown, North Dakota

Source: Wikipedia

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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In North Dakota

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Williston 1 23,902 13,852 10,050 72.6%
West Fargo 2 31,557 23,868 7,689 32.2%
Dickinson 3 21,985 17,168 4,817 28.1%
Minot 4 47,338 39,054 8,284 21.2%
Mandan 5 20,613 17,813 2,800 15.7%
Bismarck 6 68,981 59,988 8,993 15.0%
Fargo 7 115,950 102,527 13,423 13.1%
Grand Forks 8 55,831 52,294 3,537 6.8%
Devils Lake 9 7,299 7,040 259 3.7%
Jamestown 10 15,441 15,292 149 1.0%
Valley City 11 6,615 6,558 57 0.9%
Wahpeton 12 7,844 7,853 -9 -0.1%

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