Census: GF grows, EGF shrinks

Grand Forks experienced population growth in 2012 that is ahead of city planners’ predictions while East Grand Forks saw an unexpected drop, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimate.

Grand Forks picked up an estimated 792 residents compared to 2011 for a growth rate of 1.5 percent, the bureau said.

“It’s fairly good for the city,” said Earl Haugen, executive director of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The increase comes in higher than the yearly growth rate adopted by the city for use in its long-range land use plan, which is 1.2 percent. The plan predicts Grand Forks’ building, infrastructure and population needs up to 2040.

For an additional breakdown of the cities’ growth and loss, click here.

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