Officials: Grand Forks, East Grand Forks populations grew in 2012

Population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau for 2012 won’t be in until June, but local officials say they feel Grand Forks had a growth spurt last year.

Several past population estimates from the agency have shown a decline, while the area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s own estimates say otherwise.

It’s a dispute that has already resulted in one challenge being submitted by Grand Forks officials over a discrepancy in the 2010 census numbers.

So what’s at stake here? About $1,000  person in federal aid for the city. At that rate, finding people adds up quick for the city’s bank account. How do officials think Grand Forks has grown? Find out here.

The MPO’s population estimates for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks both indicate growth.

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