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Published March 16, 2011, 02:59 PM

UPDATED: Fargo-Moorhead metro see census populations swell to new levels

Fargo’s population expanded to 105,549 people between 2000 and 2010, according to the official 2010 Census released this afternoon.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

Fargo’s population expanded to 105,549 people between 2000 and 2010, according to the official 2010 Census released this afternoon.

Although Fargo remains the largest city in North Dakota, Fargo’s 16.5 percent growth over the decade wasn’t the largest in the area.

West Fargo grew nearly 73 percent for a total population of 25,830.

Horace, south of West Fargo, grew 166 percent from 915 residents to 2,430.

Across the Red River, the populations of Moorhead and Dilworth both swelled. The Census showed Moorhead with a population of 38,065, up from 32,177 in 2000, and Dilworth with 4,024, a jump from 3,001 during the last official count.

Also, Clay County as a whole moved up one spot to 16th as Minnesota's most populous county. Clay saw an increase of 7,770 people - a 15.2 percent gain - during the decade, enough to move ahead of Otter Tail County, which saw a gain of just 144 people. Otter Tail County fell from 13th to 17th on the list.

In North Dakota, Cass remained in the top spot as the state's most populous county with 149,778 people, a 21.6 percent increase from the 123,138 in 2000. The next nearest county was Burleigh County with 81,308 people.

The Oil Patch in western North Dakota also saw double-digit gains. Dickinson has 17,787 people in 2010, an 11.1 percent increase from 2000, while Willison had 14,716 people, a 17.6 percent jump. Dickinson slipped from sixth to seventh on the list of most populous North Dakota cities, while Williston remained in ninth.

Check back for updates.

For more results and analysis of the 2010 Census, read Thursday’s edition of The Forum.

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