North Dakota’s Census director Kevin Iverson was surprised by the count.
It shows North Dakota's population at 779,704 people -- 16 percent higher than the 2010 Census.
"We came in about 10,000 more than I was expecting," Iverson said. "Sometimes, it's nice to be wrong."
Iverson said it was a challenging year for the Census count, dealing with COVID-19. He said with the pandemic so top of mind, it was tough getting the message out about people filling out their Census forms.