The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates are a year old, but they nonetheless show an expected continued growth in Minot's population.
The latest figures from July 2011 set Minot's population at 42,485, up from the official census figure of 40,888 in April 2010. But does anyone doubt Minot's population is far greater than the latest estimate?
Getting a firm grip on the city's population is difficult, to say the least, with temporary workers in the area to help with flood recovery efforts as well as working in the booming oil industry. Plus, residents displaced by the Souris River flood of 2011 might also be difficult to accurately count until they're back into a permanent residence. It's no wonder city officials consider the latest Census estimate of 42,485 to be low.
So how many people are living in Minot these days? 44,000? 45,000? 46,000? We often hear talk of Minot reaching the 50,000 plateau, although we know of no way of officially proving that number. We're pretty sure, though, that there are more than 42,485 people who call Minot home.
City officials have hinted that the city could do its own census at some point, and we'd be in favor of such an undertaking. It would serve Minot well to get a more accurate head count.