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Published December 30, 2013, 08:22 PM

N.D. sets record population of 723,393, up 22,048 residents from 2012

North Dakota’s estimated population reached a record high of 723,393 residents this year, up more than 22,000 from 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Monday.

BISMARCK – North Dakota’s estimated population reached a record high of 723,393 residents this year, up more than 22,000 from 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Monday.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple welcomed the news, saying in a statement that after years of out-migration and population decline, economic growth continues to keep North Dakotans at home and attract new residents “for good jobs, a strong economy and our great quality of life.”

“Our strong economy and favorable demographic trends, including the fact that North Dakota is getting younger, give us even more reason to be very optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead,” he said.

After being one of the few states to lose population in the early 2000s, North Dakota has experienced population gains every year since 2004’s count of about 645,000. The state has added about 78,000 residents since then, driven largely by oil and gas mining activity in the western half of the state.

The state’s population also has been getting younger, with census data showing the median age of residents dropping from 37.3 years in 2008 to 36.1 years in 2012, according to census figures cited by the governor’s office.

The Census Bureau will release additional demographic information in 2014.

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