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MN's Population grew 0.6 percent last year; North Dakota's at 'all-time high'

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Minnesota's population grew at a slower rate than the national average this year, but was still ahead of the Midwest region.

According to U.S. Census figures released on Tuesday, Minnesota's population had grown to an estimated 5,489,594 residents in the year up to July 1, compared to 5,457,125 a year earlier.

This represents a 0.6 percent increase on 2014, which is below the 0.8 percent national average but above the 0.2 percent population growth seen in the Midwest during the same time period.

Minnesota's gradual gain since the 2010 census comes despite losing residents to other parts of the country, with 37,723 people moving to other states in the past 5 years.

Meanwhile, some 72,374 immigrants from other countries arrived in Minnesota, while births outnumbered deaths by more than 152,000.

In 2015, net migration to Minnesota was 3,231 – with the state gaining 15,473 international migrants, and losing 12,242 domestic ones, according to Census figures.

North Dakota sees biggest population rise

North Dakota had the largest population growth of any in the United States, with a 2.3 percent rise in inhabitants, which is being attributed to the economic prosperity seen in recent years amid the oil boom.

It now has 756,927 residents – an all-time high – which is an increase of 16,887 over last year's count.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple told the Forum News Service: "It’s great to see that our economic growth continues to keep North Dakotans home and that we are attracting new residents who come for good jobs, a strong economy and our great quality of life.

"After decades of out-migration and population decline, North Dakota’s economy continues to drive a dramatic shift in our demographics. North Dakota’s population is growing, getting younger and our citizens are taking advantage of more opportunities than ever before."

The Associated Press reports that North Dakota was one of few states with a declining population in the early 2000s, which reversed in 2004 once oil drilling ramped up, with residency increasing every year since.

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