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North Dakota State Profile

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Population

  • With 636,677 residents in 2005, North Dakota is the 48th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of North Dakota declined 0.9 percent from 2000 to 2005 – the only state in the U.S. that experienced a population decline.
  • The population in North Dakota is becoming slightly more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining and the percentages of minorities are growing (see below).

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 91.9% 91.8% 91.5% 91.3% 91.1% 90.8%
Hispanic, Latino 1.2% 1.3% 1.4% 1.5% 1.5% 1.6%
African-American 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7%
Native American, AK Native 4.8% 4.9% 5.0% 5.1% 5.1% 5.2%
Asian, Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.7% 0.7%
Two or More Races 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

North Dakota - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • Fargo is the most populated city in North Dakota with 184,857 residents in 2005 – the 213th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Bismarck, the second largest city and the capital of ND, had 99,346 residents in 2005 – the 339th largest city in the U.S.
  • Grand Forks had a population of 97,073 – the 344th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

North Dakota - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, North Dakota had the 36th highest lowest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($29,494 per resident).
  • North Dakota’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 82 percent in 1960 to 103 percent in 1975, then fell below the U.S. average to 89 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in North Dakota as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
North Dakota per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, North Dakota has the 18th lowest percentage of its total population living in poverty (11.2%) and the 10th lowest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (13.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

North Dakota - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, North Dakota had the highest percentage, among the 50 states, of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (94.1%).
  • North Dakota ranked 19th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (29.2%) and 43rd in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.6%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, North Dakota has larger percentages of adults who have completed some college, associates, and bachelor’s degrees, and smaller percentages with a high school and less and with graduate and professional degrees (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – North Dakota and the U.S. Average
North Dakota education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

North Dakota - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, North Dakota had the 2nd lowest unemployment rate of all states – 3.4 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, North Dakota has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, service, farming, construction and production occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in North Dakota – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in public administration, education and healthcare, transportation and warehousing, and agriculture industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • North Dakota ranked 44th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

North Dakota - Health and Well-Being

  • 11.2 percent of North Dakota residents do not have health insurance – the 6th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 24.5 percent of North Dakota residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – the 16th highest rate in the U.S. and higher than the national average of 23.1 percent (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In North Dakota, 192 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – below the U.S. rate of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of North Dakota residents (301 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but lower than the national rate of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), North Dakota ranked 6th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

North Dakota - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, North Dakota had the lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (79 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 1,917 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in North Dakota – the lowest rate among states and well below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • North Dakota had the 5th lowest incarceration rate per capita among states in 2004 – with 209 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in North Dakota has remained below the U.S. rate since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – North Dakota and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – North Dakota and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

North Dakota Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in North Dakota ranges from $16,448 in Sioux County to $36,217 in Sargent County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 11.6 percent in Sioux County to 33.9 percent in Cass County (a ratio of nearly 3 to 1).

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