Date of Award

January 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Economics & Finance

First Advisor

David Flynn


This research examines the recent oil boom and the impacts it has had on North Dakota population dynamics, paying special attention to which demographic factors have had the largest influence on population growth. Research methodology includes the use of standard life tables, as well as cohort component population projections. Life tables include fertility rates, mortality rates, and migration rates. Results will lead to new and better population projections for North Dakota. The usefulness of a population projection is manifold, but perhaps the most obvious use is for planning purposes. It is essential for a community to have an idea about potential changes in size, diversity, and distribution occurring within their population. As previously unseen changes occur within a population, it becomes more difficult to obtain an accurate projection, which is why research and implementing new population techniques is important.