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Census estimate shows dip in ND population

FARGO -- North Dakota’s estimated population slipped from 755,952 in 2016 to 755,393 in 2017, a reduction of 559, according to census bureau estimates. Over the same period, Minnesota’s estimated population rose 56,654.

Fargo and West Fargo together grew by an estimated 2,972 over the past year, according to new census estimates.

Fargo led the growth with an estimated gain of 2,003 residents, followed by West Fargo with 969.

Bismarck and Mandan experienced the next-highest growth among North Dakota cities. Bismarck grew by 533 and Mandan by 214 from 2016 to 2017, according to the census estimates.

Many Oil Patch cities experienced population losses from 2016 to 2017, repeating losses from the year before, after many saw their populations peak in 2015 when the oil boom slowed considerably due to a price slump.

Minot’s population slid from 48,744 in 2016 to 47,822 in 2017, a drop of 922. Its population reached 49,596 in 2015

Similarly, Dickinson’s population slipped by 523 over the past year.

Jamestown held relatively stable, dipping by 40 from 2010 to 2017, but gaining 45 between 2016 and 2017.

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