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Published March 16, 2011, 03:33 PM

Grand Forks Grew 7.1 percent in Last 10 Years, Fargo Sees 16.5

GF remains 3rd largest city
Fargo, Bismarck and Minot enjoyed double-digit population growth during the last decade, while West Fargo's spiked by almost 73 percent, though North Dakota's rural population continued to fall, according to new federal census data released Wednesday.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fargo, Bismarck and Minot enjoyed double-digit population growth during the last decade, while West Fargo's spiked by almost 73 percent, though North Dakota's rural population continued to fall, according to new federal census data released Wednesday.

Among the state's bigger cities, West Fargo had the largest growth rate and is now North Dakota's fifth largest city behind Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot. Its population is now almost 26,000 people.

Fargo's population rose by 16.5 percent since 2000, to 105,549 people, and the number of Bismarck residents increased 10.3 percent to 61,272 people. Minot, on the edge of western North Dakota's oil boom, grew by almost 12 percent to 40,888 people.

Grand Forks' growth rate was less robust. Census figures show it grew 7.1 percent during the last decade, to 52,838 people, while Grand Forks County's population increased only 1.1 percent.

Cass County, which includes Fargo and West Fargo, grew almost 22 percent, to 149,778 people.

A substantial increase in North Dakota's oil production in the last four years didn't translate into a big population increase for most oil-producing counties.

Census data show that 12 of North Dakota's 17 oil-producing counties lost population in the last decade. Billings, Bottineau, Burke and Golden Valley counties all lost more than 10 percent of their residents.

The biggest gainer was Mountrail County, in northwestern North Dakota, which saw its population rise almost 16 percent, to 7,673 residents.

McKenzie County grew almost 11 percent, and the population of neighboring Williams County grew more than 13 percent. The city of Williston, which is in Williams County, increased its number of residents by almost 18 percent, to 14,716 people.

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