June 2, 2005
North Dakota’s Natural Growth Exceeds Out-migration
North Dakota reported a net out-migration of 696 people between 2003 and 2004. During the same time, the state experienced 1,629 more births than deaths, or a natural increase. Because North Dakota’s net out-migration was smaller than its natural increase between 2003 and 2004, the population for the state increased for the first time since the census 2000.
This month’s “Population Bulletin,” a monthly publication from the North Dakota State Data Center at North Dakota State University, focuses on components of North Dakota’s population change from July 1, 2003, to July 1, 2004, as released from the U.S. Census Bureau’s population division.
As of July 1, 2004, the state’s population totaled 634,366, an increase of 966 people since July 1, 2003.
North Dakota’s out-migration was largely the result of domestic movement. Between 2003 and 2004, the state experienced net domestic out-migration of 1,367 people leaving North Dakota for another state.
“A devastating part of our out-migration is that it is very age-selective,” says Richard Rathge, State Data Center director. “Most who leave North Dakota are young adults. Therefore, we have a double impact because we lose the young adults through out-migration and lose the children they might have through births, thus impacting natural increase.”
The state also reported a net international (foreign) in-migration of 671 people. Approximately half of this foreign in-migration was concentrated in Cass County and a fifth was located in Grand Forks County.
North Dakota’s natural increase was in two out of five counties between 2003 and 2004. At the same time, three-fourths of North Dakota counties experienced a net out-migration. Because of these components, 14 counties reported an increase in population between 2003 and 2004, an improvement over the seven counties that grew in population between 2002 and 2003.
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