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Published December 21, 2011, 03:52 PM

Census: ND Population at Record High

(AP) — U.S. census data released Wednesday shows North Dakota's population is at an all-time high, surpassing the previous record set more than 80 years ago.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — U.S. census data released Wednesday shows North Dakota's population is at an all-time high, surpassing the previous record set more than 80 years ago.

The Census Bureau's data shows North Dakota's population is pegged at 683,932 residents. That's up from the previous record of 680,845 residents set in 1930.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he welcomes the growth in North Dakota which had suffered decades of population decline. North Dakota's strong economy led by its booming oil patch has attracted thousands of new residents in the past few years.

The state's population has increased by 50,000 residents from a decade low of 632, 809 reported in 2003.

North Dakota's recent population estimate shows an increase of more than 11,300 people in the past year.

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