Census director visits oil country

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May 6, 2014 at 6:48 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple says U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson is touring North Dakota to see firsthand the rapid growth that is occurring in the state.

North Dakota's population has climbed well beyond 700,000 people with the state's robust economy. Some officials have criticized the Census Bureau for undercounting the state's population.

Dalrymple says he's talking to Thompson about the state's population growth and changes, and ways to increase the quality of data production.

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.

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