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Why North Dakota Is Booming
New Geography ^ | 3-14-11 | Joel Kotkin

Posted on 03/15/2011 8:20:03 AM PDT by Tom Rounder

Living on the harsh, wind-swept northern Great Plains, North Dakotans lean towards the practical in economic development. Finding themselves sitting on prodigious pools of oil—estimated by the state's Department of Mineral Resources at least 4.3 billion barrels—they are out drilling like mad. And the state is booming.

Unemployment is 3.8%, and according to a Gallup survey last month, North Dakota has the best job market in the country. Its economy "sticks out like a diamond in a bowl of cherry pits," says Ron Wirtz, editor of the Minneapolis Fed's newspaper, fedgazette. The state's population, slightly more than 672,000, is up nearly 5% since 2000.

(Excerpt) Read more at newgeography.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: bakken; energy; growth; oil
The triumph of North Dakota.
1 posted on 03/15/2011 8:20:05 AM PDT by Tom Rounder
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To: Tom Rounder

Why hasn’t the EPA put a stop to this? People are thriving. Capitalism is booming. There are jobs there. Where’s the “We’re from the government and we’re here to help”?


2 posted on 03/15/2011 8:22:47 AM PDT by BipolarBob (I'm madder than a Charlie Sheen hatter Questions? Call 1-800-CharlieSheen)
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To: Tom Rounder

A big part of ND’s success involves that state-owned bank. Public banking is one of a small handful of issues which conservatives and republicans need to be on top of in the near term.


3 posted on 03/15/2011 8:23:04 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Tom Rounder

Go north young man.


4 posted on 03/15/2011 8:23:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Tom Rounder
Why North Dakota Is Booming

Is it because of Obama's so-called 'Stimulus' bill?

5 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:53 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Tom Rounder

Just last year, they replaced two of the three Democrats in their congressional delegation. The last one, Comrade Conrad, has already announced he will not be running for re-election.


6 posted on 03/15/2011 8:28:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: BipolarBob
Where's the “We’re from the government and we’re here to help”?

Held in check by well placed dead presidents would be my first guess.....

7 posted on 03/15/2011 8:31:25 AM PDT by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: DManA

A tad too cool in the winter for me.


8 posted on 03/15/2011 8:33:50 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Tom Rounder

I’d like to move there if I could get a job first...any thoughts?


9 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:10 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Tom Rounder

Good for them!

On the flip side, you have to live where the wintertime temperatures are colder than a welldigging witch’s brass monkey bra, so no thanks. :)


10 posted on 03/15/2011 8:35:33 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Tom Rounder

Not to be a party pooper, but is any of this due to a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to farmers?


11 posted on 03/15/2011 8:36:37 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: BipolarBob

“Why hasn’t the EPA put a stop to this?” Give it time. Also, wait until the environmental whackos go to court?


12 posted on 03/15/2011 8:37:32 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Tom Rounder

Good, Short, article, well worth your time.


13 posted on 03/15/2011 8:38:18 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Not to be a party pooper, but is any of this due to a transfer of wealth from taxpayers to farmers?

There be drilling in dem dar hills!

14 posted on 03/15/2011 8:39:01 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: Pecos

There are two seasons: Winter and Road Repair.


15 posted on 03/15/2011 8:40:13 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Tom Rounder
WTF???

In North Dakota, by contrast, even the state's Democrats—such as Sen. Kent Conrad and former Sen. Byron Dorgan—tend to be pro-oil. The industry services the old-fashioned liberal goal of making middle-class constituents wealthier.

Obie and the Washington progs need to step in and put a stop to this PRONTO!!
We need to have a managed decline don'tcha' know.

16 posted on 03/15/2011 8:40:40 AM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Tom Rounder
The industry services the old-fashioned liberal goal of making middle-class constituents wealthier.

That's very old fashioned as the latest liberal trend is to rob everyone and give it to the non-working.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:26 AM PDT by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: Tom Rounder

Answer: not run by Democrats


18 posted on 03/15/2011 8:41:48 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Pecos

Are you a young man? ggg


19 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:36 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Tom Rounder

Just wanted to add one minor point..Most economists consider anything under 4% as effectively ZERO unemployment..because there are always a certain number of people, who, for various reasons NOT related to economic conditions, are out of work at any one time..


20 posted on 03/15/2011 8:42:38 AM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: Pining_4_TX

21 posted on 03/15/2011 8:46:39 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: therightliveswithus

In Bambi’s 57 states, he picked up stuff like Jamaica, Wash. DC., Guam, but had to give up N.D. So N.D. is its own country and that is why they are booming.


22 posted on 03/15/2011 8:46:47 AM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is neigh.)
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To: thackney

Cool!


23 posted on 03/15/2011 8:47:57 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Constitution Day

Actually, it is really cold for 3 to 4 months.. Springs and Falls are usally okay and summers are tremendous.


24 posted on 03/15/2011 8:49:17 AM PDT by scbison
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To: stefanbatory

I love North Dakota because of the people who live there. You may want to take a week and visit Fargo, Bismarck and perhaps even Dickinson. The jobs will come to you if you pay attention.


25 posted on 03/15/2011 8:49:26 AM PDT by Lando Lincoln
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To: Lando Lincoln
North Dakotans are rugged individualist. They work hard, they play hard. They embrace God, family, friends. I know, I am married to one and I am blessed.
26 posted on 03/15/2011 8:53:33 AM PDT by All Blue State
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To: Pining_4_TX

No it is oil.. Just to give you an idea of the thinking in ND, the state legislature just voted to cut higher education even though they have surpluses.. It pissed alot of people off, but that is their mentality...


27 posted on 03/15/2011 8:54:59 AM PDT by scbison
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To: scbison

Well, I live in North Carolina, so “really cold” by your measure probably feels like Antarctica to me.

I will freely admit that I am a wimp about cold weather. It’s why I have vowed I will never live up North again if I can help it. I moved back to my home state of NC after a sojourn to New England years ago and have never looked back!


28 posted on 03/15/2011 8:55:43 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: BipolarBob

And let’s see...how many black and Mexican gangs are there in North Dakota? How many welfare families? How many leftist politicians making certain kids remain dumbed-down and perpetually dependent upon Big Brother? Ya think this might have anything to do with the success of the state??


29 posted on 03/15/2011 9:03:06 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: stefanbatory

directv is always hiring, but it’s hard work.


30 posted on 03/15/2011 9:05:35 AM PDT by camp_steveo
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To: Pecos

The temp extremes keep out the riffraff. You don’t see too many Somalis or other foreigners trying to move there do you?


31 posted on 03/15/2011 9:07:32 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: Oldpuppymax

North Dakota deals with the native Americans. They tend to be more self destructive.


32 posted on 03/15/2011 9:08:38 AM PDT by All Blue State
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To: Tom Rounder
A little too flat for my liking. Photobucket
33 posted on 03/15/2011 9:15:24 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: stefanbatory

If you can work and can pass a drug test you can get a close to six figure job in the oil fields in western ND. The only problem is finding housing.


34 posted on 03/15/2011 9:26:16 AM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marylin vos Savant)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

Are there jobs for women there?

I remember back in the early 80’s the newspapers were saying there were lots of jobs in Tuscon, AZ. I went there and there were NO jobs.

Please tell me the real deal about ND.


35 posted on 03/15/2011 9:27:05 AM PDT by japaneseghost
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To: Constitution Day
Well, I live in North Carolina, so “really cold” by your measure probably feels like Antarctica to me...

I was stationed at Grand Forks for about eight years.

The temps dip below 0 degrees in December and usually don't go above until the middle of February. It is common to have a few weeks of -30 degree temps and one time we had -40 and below. Brutal but you can manage if you keep a positive attitude and get out to do things.

Just go shopping and out to dinner a couple of times per week so you do not get "cabin fever."

The summers are really nice but short. The local swimming pools open the first week of June and close the last week of August; along with the Garden Centers.

36 posted on 03/15/2011 9:30:55 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: Oldpuppymax
And let’s see...how many black and Mexican gangs are there in North Dakota?

Those are "products" that Texas needs to start exporting now! Any liberal states want our Messkins and Holder's "people"?

37 posted on 03/15/2011 9:33:26 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Tom Rounder

Nobody wants to mention ND’s homogeneous population as a reason for their success. Let’s just say when there’s no illegals and no inner-city thugs you’re bound to be successful.


38 posted on 03/15/2011 9:36:46 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Luke ScottWalker - The Force Is With You)
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To: Tom Rounder

Hmmm. I’ve never been there but the Yunker side of my family is from ND. Used to have a big farm up there somewhere, now it’s a children’s museum. Maybe I need to get back in touch with my roots. Illinois is sure going down the tubes.


39 posted on 03/15/2011 9:41:07 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (To a liberal, if an idea is a complete & utter disaster, it's only because there's not enough of it.)
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To: Tom Rounder

I live in Alaska, I can only work from april til november.

Starting this late fall I am taking on a seasonal job in Australia. 19 years of Alaska winters is getting old, and Oz welcomes skilled workers, and since I’m approaching retirement age they have a better economy for that.

The future in America I would bet is a lovely classical in an Imax theater and then off to the soylent grinders.


40 posted on 03/15/2011 9:43:03 AM PDT by Eye of Unk ("These people are either at your neck or at your knees" A quote by Winston Churchill)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

“Nobody wants to mention ND’s homogeneous population as a reason for their success. Let’s just say when there’s no illegals and no inner-city thugs you’re bound to be successful.”

The vast majority of North Dakota’s population has Northern European ancestry, Scandinavian and German. In addition, many are only 2 or 3 generations removed from their pioneer ancestors on the Dakota frontier. Self sufficiency is still valued but a tradtion of helping your neighbor also prevails. Nobody in Fargo or Grand Forks sit around and waits for the government to come and save them from the blizzard or the flood. It is a good place to live and raise a familly.


41 posted on 03/15/2011 10:24:43 AM PDT by Nakota
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To: Tom Rounder

North Dakota’s prosperity need not be limited to their state.

This portion of the article says it all :

What accounts for the state’s success? Dakotans didn’t bet the farm, so to speak, on solar cells, high-density housing or high-speed rail. Taxes are moderate—the state ranks near the middle in terms of tax per capita, according to the Tax Foundation—and North Dakota is a right-to-work state, which makes it attractive to new employers, especially in manufacturing. But the state’s real key to success is doing the first things first—such as producing energy, food and specialized manufactured goods for which there is a growing, world-wide market. This is what creates the employment and wealth that can support environmental protection and higher education.

I don’t see why such sensible policies can’t be applied to such states as Ohio or Pennsylvania.


42 posted on 03/15/2011 10:29:35 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Tom Rounder

I was walking down a street in Fargo one night when I was jumped by a band of thugs. They all had those brass helmets with horns on them. “We’re the Norskis and we want your lutefisk!” One of them held a herring to my throat. I peed just a little bit.


43 posted on 03/15/2011 10:54:38 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: japaneseghost

I couldn’t tell you. I don’t live there. I just like making fun of states other than my own. :) Seriously though, if I was interested in capitalizing on this oil boom there, I’d think about owning or managing an RV park near these construction sites. These sites are usually remote and don’t have an abundance of rental homes and apartments nearby for the many out of state workers who man these jobs.


44 posted on 03/15/2011 10:59:41 AM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Ronald_Magnus

That’s the eastern half. The western half, which features Teddy Roosevelt National Park, is a lot more rugged.


45 posted on 03/15/2011 12:23:32 PM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: stefanbatory
"I’d like to move there if I could get a job first...any thoughts?"

got to monster.com and put your resume up. If there is a space for location preference, specify ND. It works best if you have had a little bit of oil field experience, but many companies are willing to train.

46 posted on 03/15/2011 1:44:06 PM PDT by redhead ("I think I'm the best fish filleter in the whole third grade." --Piper Palin)
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To: scbison

Sounds good to me. Too bad it’s cold enough to freeze a well-digger’s behind. I live about as far north as I can tolerate.


47 posted on 03/15/2011 2:30:31 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: DManA

Not as young in body as I am in mind.


48 posted on 03/16/2011 10:12:22 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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