Since 2010, no U.S. state has come close to matching the population boom in North Dakota. Numbers in that state have jumped by close to 8 percent — more than three times the U.S. average.
“I never thought I would read the words, ‘The highest population growth … was in North Dakota,’” Joel Kotkin said during his keynote speech
at the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting. “It’s just an astounding statistic.”
The state’s oil and gas boom has largely fueled the recent migration patterns, but in his July presentation to the region’s state and provincial legislators, Kotkin argued that there is also more to the story. A mix of economic, demographic and technological realities has made North Dakota and many other parts of the Midwest more alluring destinations for individuals, families and businesses.
“We’re seeing a demographic shift along with the economic shift,” he said. “People are reconsidering their options. Where are they going to live? Where do they want to be?”