Minot population drops with oil boom

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Some North Dakota cities near oil patches are seeing a drop in residents as the state's overall population continues to flourish.

Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show Minot's population of more than 48,700 in 2016 fell by nearly 800 residents from the previous year. That's nearly 1.6 percent of the city's population.

According to the state census director, the estimated population is still up 19.2 percent from April 2010.

The director said the drop mostly is due to young, adult males moving as job and wage situations change because of slower activity in the oil fields.

Last year, Williston, Watford City and Stanley also saw population declines.

North Dakota saw the most growth in and around Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks.