Thanks to the U.S. shale oil boom, some parts of the country are experiencing growth comparable to emerging markets.
The best example of this high-powered economic surge is in North Dakota.
North Dakota is the epicenter of the Bakken shale oil boom. Since 2009, it has had the fastest growth in personal income, tax revenues, jobs and home prices of all the 50 states. The state also has enjoyed both a population surge and the lowest unemployment rate in the country.
According to July 2012 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the state's population rose by 4% in just two years – compared to 1.7% for the nation as a whole. The western part of the state, where the Bakken is located, may see its population jump 50% over the next two decades, according to a North Dakota state survey.
For North Dakota as a whole, at the end of 2012 the unemployment rate was only 3.2%. In the 12-county Bakken region of the state, unemployment stood at a mere 1.8%. In Williams County, which is at the heart of the Bakken shale oil boom, unemployment was at a miniscule 0.9%
This is why some have called North Dakota an "economic miracle."
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