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Census: North Dakota fastest-growing state


North Dakota had the fastest-growing population for the 12 months ending in June, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday. (Top 10 below.)

North Dakota was a distant 37th in growth between 2000 and 2010 and jumped to sixth between 2010 and 2011, the Census says.

Minnesota was ranked 29th for growth for a two-year period that ended in June, according to Census data.

North Dakota's population and economy have been fueled by an oil boom in the past few years, which has propelled U.S. oil production to 14-year highs.

The boom has led to record low unemployment and robust economic growth. Disposable income rates in North Dakota have eclipsed those in Minnesota.

But the boom has also led to increased crime, homeless rates and housing and day care shortages. NPR this month looked at the pros and cons of growth in the North Dakota boomtown of Williston.

The 10 fastest-growing states from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012 (percent change):

1.North Dakota, 2.17
2.District of Columbia, 2.15
3.Texas, 1.67
4.Wyoming, 1.60
5.Utah, 1.45
6.Nevada, 1.43
7.Colorado, 1.39
8.Arizona, 1.33
9.Florida, 1.23
10.South Dakota, 1.19

The 10 states with the largest population increase from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012:

1.Texas, 427,400
2.California, 357,500
3.Florida, 235,300
4.Georgia, 107,500
5.North Carolina, 101,000
6.Arizona, 86,000
7.Virginia, 81,500
8.Washington, 73,700
9.Colorado, 71,300
10.New York, 68,600

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