N.D. tops the 50 states for percentage of newcomers

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According to U.S. Census Bureau data, 5.6 percent of North Dakota’s population is made up of newcomers who moved here within the past year.

That makes North Dakota first among the 50 states and second only to Washington, D.C.

What is bringing people to the state?

According to community research website, niche.com, part of the reason is the state’s low unemployment rate and the state’s oil and gas industry, “ripe with high paying jobs to those willing to relocate,” according to the website.

“The state also has a strong tech industry — Fargo is home to one of Microsoft’s largest offices. The opportunity for a good paying job and a low cost of living combine to make North Dakota an attractive state for transplants,” niche.com concludes.

You can read more about the in-migration survey and North Dakota’s high ranking here.

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