North Dakota Population 2013
Also See: Major Cities in North Dakota
In the far north of the United States and located on the border with Canada, North Dakota is a sizeable territory with some interesting population statistics.In terms of pure size, this is the 19th largest state in the country, but it is extremely sparsely populated by comparison. North Dakota has an estimated population in 2013 of 714,551, up slightly from 672,000 in 2010. The current growth rate, however, is an astounding 1.99%, which ranks 2nd in the nation.
North Dakota Population 2013
The last set of confirmed statistics for the North Dakota population can be supplied by the national census of 2010. The survey ultimately showed that there were 672,591 people living here and that was a modest rise of 4.7% on the numbers declared at the census of 2000. The estimated 2013 population of North Dakota was placed at 713,551, which makes it the 3rd least populous state in the country.
North Dakota has a surface area of 70,700 square miles (183,272 square kilometers) and for every square mile of land, there is an average of just 9.92 people. That converts to 3.83 for every square kilometre. Overall the figures combine to make North Dakota only the 47th most densely populated state in the entire country.
Fargo remains the largest city in the state with a population of 216,000, which is nearly one-third of the state's total population.
North Dakota Demographics
According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of the state was:
- 90.0% White
- 5.4% Native American
- 1.2% Black or African American
- 1.0% Asian American
- 0.1% Pacific Islander
- 0.5% Other
- 0.2% Multiracial
- 2.0% Hispanic or Latino of any race
The population of North Dakota has a much smaller percentage of minorities than the United States as a whole, and the most common ancestries include: German (47.2%), Norwegian (30.8%), Irish (7.7%), Swedish (4.7%), Russian (4.1%) and French (4.1%).
North Dakota Population History
The history of North Dakota’s population tells a very interesting story and back in 1870, the numbers here totaled a mere 2,405. An explosion in numbers followed and just ten years later, the census of 1880 showed that an increase of over one thousand per cent had taken those figures to 36,909.
That sort of population spike just couldn’t be sustained, even in a country as vast and empty as North Dakota but further healthy increases followed over the course of the next forty years and in 1920, figures were confirmed at 646,872.
From 1923 onwards, net migration out of the state had an adverse effect on the North Dakota population. In a state that was almost exclusively rural, employment opportunities were limited and it is widely acknowledged that younger people with university educations left in droves rather than take up the risky life of subsistence farming.
As a result, population figures fluctuated greatly in North Dakota in the latter half of the 20th century and increases at one census were often met with falls ten years later. Despite this, natural growth within the country stayed healthy and the last two census surveys have indicated overall increases in numbers.
North Dakota Population Projections
As a result of these fluctuations, the population of North Dakota in 2013 is a little hard to predict but based on a pattern of modest increase, it is estimated to have reached 713,551.
However, the census of 2020 is needed to confirm whether that growth will be sustained or whether a further drop in numbers has been recorded. It's important to keep in mind that North Dakota is currently enjoying one of the highest growth rates in the United States, second only to the District of Columbia. Estimates are showing that North Dakota's population will finally break 800,000 by 2020, hitting the 1 million mark by 2020 to 2030.