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Published April 06, 2012, 12:05 AM

Williston is the Country's Fasting-growing Small City

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston is the fastest-growing micro area in the country, and Dickinson and Minot also made the top 10, according to new estimates released today by the Census.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications

WILLISTON, N.D. – Williston is the fastest-growing micro area in the country, and Dickinson and Minot also made the top 10, according to new estimates released today by the Census.

The population of the Williston micro area – which is Williams County – grew 8.8 percent from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, according to Census estimates.

A micro area is defined as an area containing at least one urban cluster of 10,000 but less than 50,000.

The micro area that includes Dickinson ranks fourth in the nation in percentage growth with a 4 percent increase in population.

The Minot area ranked eighth in the nation with a 3.6 percent increase.

Williston Mayor Ward Koeser said it’s exciting to see three North Dakota areas in the top 10 nationally.

“It’s telling the rest of the world that things are truly happening in western North Dakota,” Koeser said.

However, Koeser believes the estimate that the Williston area has 24,374 people is too low to reflect how many permanent residents now call Williams County home. The figure also does not reflect workers living in temporary housing.

The Census estimates show the population of the Dickinson micro area as 25,993 and the Minot micro area as 72,067.

Estimates with information specific to cities are expected in June.

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