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Associated Press, Published November 18 2010

Williston population skyrocketing

WILLISTON, N.D. — Preliminary data from a housing study indicates that Williston's population has grown by nearly 22 percent over the past decade, and the increase might be even higher.

The city is in western North Dakota's booming oil patch, and adequate, affordable housing has become a concern.

The study estimates the population at 15,400, up from 12,680 in 2000.

The number of people calling the city home likely is even higher — the Williston Herald reports that the latest estimate does not include people living in hotels or temporary housing.

Williston Workforce Development Coordinator Shawn Wenko says the population could be about 17,000. That would be a 34 percent jump.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.