Minot Air Force Base's economic impact on the local economy dipped slightly in 2011, but the base still boasts an impressive annual impact of $493.3 million.
The number is slightly less than 2010's total of $513.7 million, but officials attributed the decrease to the conclusion of the base's family housing project.
The base's annual payroll hit $291.5 million in fiscal 2011, while the base's population has grown, too. As of Sept. 30, 2011, the base had a population of 12,852 people, with 5,455 military members, 6,120 military family members and 1,277 civilian employees. Following the completion of the base's housing projects, the installation is home to 1,746 family housing units, the most housing on any Air Force base in the U.S.
The numbers continue to be staggering, and continue to show the base's importance to the area's economy as well as its culture. The strong connection between Minot and Minot Air Force Base was readily apparent during last year's historic Souris River flood. Air Force personnel volunteered countless hours before, during and after the flood, helping Air Force members and non-members alike.
Minot Air Force Base remains a vital component in the ongoing success of northwest North Dakota.