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February 1, 2024

The educational profile of older adults in North Dakota saw a significant improvement since 2010.

Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education completed (e.g., a high school diploma, a bachelor's degree, or a master's degree). In 2022, approximately 9 in 10 adults (age 25 and older) had at least a high school diploma or GED (94%), 1 in 3 of adults (32%) had a bachelor’s degree or higher, and 6 percent of adults had less than high school education.
Educational attainment increased overall in North Dakota from 2010 to 2022. While the percentage of adults age 25 to 64 with at least a high school education and at least a bachelor’s degree saw less change, a notable shift occurred among older adults (age 65 and older).
During this time frame, the educational profile of older adults saw a significant improvement. The percentage of older adults with at least a high school education increased from 75 percent in 2010 to 92 percent in 2022. Additionally, the proportion of older adults holding a bachelor's degree or higher rose from 15 percent in 2010 to 26 percent in 2022. This shift can be attributed to the replacement of cohorts that have less formal education with cohorts that have greater levels of formal education in the older age groups.

View topic: WORKFORCE / Educational Attainment

January 1, 2024

North Dakota continues to gain population in 2023.

North Dakota reached 783,926 people (as of July 1, 2023), according to the population estimate released in December 2023 by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Units Estimates Program. This is an increase of 5,014 people from the 2022 estimate of 778,912 (which is a revised 2022 estimate). Annual releases of population and housing unit estimates involve revisions to yearly estimates going back to the most recent decennial census and are based on updated administrative records, geographic boundaries, and methodology. A look at the components of change over the past three years reveals notable trends. Although annual births saw a slight decline, a corresponding decrease in deaths resulted in an overall growth in natural change (births minus deaths). Most recently, North Dakota recorded 9,649 births and 6,945 deaths from July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023, accounting for a net natural increase of 2,704.

Another significant factor in population change is net migration, calculated as the difference between individuals entering the state (in-migration) and those leaving (out-migration). In the period from July 1, 2022, to July 1, 2023, North Dakota experienced a positive net migration, which deviates from the negative trends in the previous two years (negative 3,555 in 2021 and negative 1,467 in 2022). This positive shift is attributed to an increase in international migration (2,298 people) and minimal domestic out-migration (-9 people) compared to previous years.

Maintaining a positive natural increase and the ability to attract and retain residents contributes to North Dakota’s continued population increase.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population and Housing Unit Estimates Vintage 2023 Estimates

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