By Amy Dalrymple

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Several North Dakota cities are among the fastest-growing communities in the nation, with Williston leading the way as the fastest-growing micropolitan area, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday.

Census population estimates show that the Williston area grew 10.7 percent between July 1, 2012, and July 1, 2013, faster than any other small city in the nation.

The other hub cities in the Oil Patch also ranked high on the list of fastest-growing micropolitan areas, which are communities with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. Dickinson ranked No. 2 with 5 percent growth and Minot ranked No. 5 with 3.7 percent.

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