North Dakota getting younger

Published: Jun. 21, 2019 at 10:23 PM CDT
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The U.S. Census Bureau released it's annual demographic information and North Dakota is the only state in the union to get younger.

The 2020 census is on the way when agents will be walking up to the door. While we're getting ready for that, the department has let us know that North Dakota is the only state in the union getting younger.

"There's a number of causes that drove it. By far the largest one is immigration, specifically in the age range of 18 to 34 years in age. We now have the highest percentage of any state of individuals in that age range," said Kevin Iverson, census manager.

The nation had an average age increase of one year, while the state had a decrease of almost two years.

"It doesn't really surprise me, we've got an awesome economy, it's a great place to raise a family," said Hannah Tangen, North Dakotan.

"The economy will grow, and it's a great place to live. The weather will be tough, so I think the young people could adapt better to that," said Brad Rehm, North Dakota native.

Since 2000, North Dakota has gone from the 50th oldest state to the fourth youngest.