By Samar Fay
Courier Editor 

Numbers In: Boom Driving Growth

Population Increases Rapidly In Much Of NE Montana, But Not As Fast In Valley County


Newly released county population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show significant growth in Montana’s northeastern oil patch during the past year, according to a University of Montana researcher.

Jim Sylvester, an economist at UM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research, said that Richland County, which contains Sidney, was among the fastest growing counties in the country with estimated growth of 6.6 percent during the past year.

Other nearby counties – Sheridan, Fallon, Roosevelt and Dawson – grew about 3 percent in the past year. Wibaux, although small in population, exp...

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