Profile: Counting People

North Dakota Population Since 1880

Year Population
1880 36,909
1890 190,983
1900 319,146
1910 577,056
1920 646,872
1930 680,845
1940 641,395
1950 619,636
1960 632,446
1970 617,792
1980 652,717
1990 638,800
2000 642,200
2010 672,591
2017 757,000

Figure 47. North Dakota population since 1880. (SHSND-ND Studies)

The U.S. government does a census every 10 years. After the last census in 2010, North Dakota had 672,591 people. Among the 50 states, North Dakota ranks 48th in population. This means that 47 states have more people than North Dakota, and only two states have fewer people. The next official census will take place in 2020.

In recent years, the population of North Dakota has been increasing. It is estimated that the population of the state today is more than 750,000. This is more people than any time in the history of the state.