- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s population has reached an all-time high.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday said the state has 739,482 residents. That’s an increase of more than 15,000 residents from last year’s count.

In the early 2000s, North Dakota was one of only a few states with a declining population. The state began to reverse that trend in 2004 because of the oil boom and the population has grown every year since.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple says the state’s economic growth during the past decade “continues to keep North Dakotans home.” He adds that the state is attracting new residents who want good jobs, a stable economy and a quality of life that is second to none.”

The state has added about 94,000 residents since 2004.

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