The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In North Dakota For 2022

We used data and science to determine the places in North Dakota everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in North Dakota.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Fargo and Bismarck, while others want peace and quiet like in Valley City and Watford City, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in North Dakota have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Peace Garden State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in North Dakota for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In North Dakota For 2022

  1. Watford City
  2. Williston
  3. West Fargo
  4. Dickinson
  5. Mandan
  6. Minot
  7. Bismarck
  8. Fargo
  9. Grand Forks
  10. Devils Lake

What's the fastest growing city in North Dakota for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Watford City ranks as the fastest growing city in North Dakota. If you happen to be a resident of Watford City, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in North Dakota are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in North Dakota or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more North Dakota state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In North Dakota For 2022

1. Watford City

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Population: 7,146
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 1,746
Percent Growth 309.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,400
More on Watford City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Watford City, ND

2. Williston

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Population: 27,812
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,852
Percent Growth 100.8%
Absolute Growth: 13,960
More on Williston: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Williston, ND

3. West Fargo

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Population: 36,406
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 23,868
Percent Growth 52.5%
Absolute Growth: 12,538
More on West Fargo: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

West Fargo, ND

4. Dickinson

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Population: 22,880
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 17,168
Percent Growth 33.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,712
More on Dickinson: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Dickinson, ND

5. Mandan

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Population: 22,482
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 17,813
Percent Growth 26.2%
Absolute Growth: 4,669
More on Mandan: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mandan, ND

6. Minot

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Population: 47,834
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 39,054
Percent Growth 22.5%
Absolute Growth: 8,780
More on Minot: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Minot, ND

7. Bismarck

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Population: 73,435
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 59,988
Percent Growth 22.4%
Absolute Growth: 13,447
More on Bismarck: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bismarck, ND

8. Fargo

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Population: 123,550
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 102,527
Percent Growth 20.5%
Absolute Growth: 21,023
More on Fargo: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Fargo, ND

9. Grand Forks

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Population: 56,588
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 52,294
Percent Growth 8.2%
Absolute Growth: 4,294
More on Grand Forks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Grand Forks, ND

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10. Devils Lake

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Population: 7,302
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,040
Percent Growth 3.7%
Absolute Growth: 262
More on Devils Lake: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Devils Lake, ND

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Peace Garden State for 2022

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 13 North Dakota cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Peace Garden State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in North Dakota with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in North Dakota Graph For 2022

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In North Dakota, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in North Dakota are led by Watford City which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Valley City
  2. Wahpeton
  3. Jamestown

For more North Dakota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In North Dakota For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Watford City 309.3% 7,146 1,746
2 Williston 100.8% 27,812 13,852
3 West Fargo 52.5% 36,406 23,868
4 Dickinson 33.3% 22,880 17,168
5 Mandan 26.2% 22,482 17,813
6 Minot 22.5% 47,834 39,054
7 Bismarck 22.4% 73,435 59,988
8 Fargo 20.5% 123,550 102,527
9 Grand Forks 8.2% 56,588 52,294
10 Devils Lake 3.7% 7,302 7,040

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About Chris Kolmar

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