GROWING POPULATION The U.S. Census Bureau last week said it estimates that 18,000 people moved to North Dakota in 2013, following 2012's estimated growth of 12,200 people and 2011's spike of 6,900 people. Data also shows that the state's estimated population last year reached an all-time high of 723,393 residents, surpassing the previous record of 699,629 residents set in 1930. Contrast these figures to the numbers of a decade ago, when some 8,400 residents left the state between 2000 and 2003. Will the population growth continue in 2014? We see no reason to think otherwise. Obviously the ultimate goal would be to maintain the new residents and their families, even if the oil industry should some day begin to slow down in western North Dakota, and that means the state has work to do to make that happen in the future.