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Chuck Haga, Forum Communications Co., Published September 30 2010

Immigrant population in North Dakota stays fairly steady

GRAND FORKS – The numbers of foreign-born residents of North Dakota remained fairly steady from 2008 to 2009, but new immigrants are rapidly substituting for older, according to estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Of the state’s 15,013 foreign-born residents in 2008, abut 56 percent – 8,478 people – were not U.S. citizens.

In 2009, there were 9,931 non-citizens among the state’s 15,453 foreign-born, or about 64 percent.

The annual demographic snapshots of the states and selected subdivisions are released by the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Official population estimates based on the 2010 census will be released later.

Other tidbits from the newly released data:

Cass County numbers

Cass County saw about a 10 percent decrease last year in the estimated number of its foreign-born residents.

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, about 6,800 foreign-born residents lived in Cass County in 2008 – compared with about 6,100 in 2009. That’s a decrease of about 10.3 percent.

Foreign-born residents made up about 4 percent of the county’s population in 2009, the survey found.

About two-thirds of the foreign-born residents are not U.S citizens, and a similar amount of them arrived in the U.S. in 2000 or later.

Chuck Haga is a writer for the Grand Forks Herald