Special Report

This is the City in North Dakota With the Most COVID-19 Cases

The U.S. has reported more than 43.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of October 12. More than 705,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — the highest death toll of any country.

Nationwide, there were an average of 28.8 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending October 12. Cumulatively, the U.S. has reported 13,374.3 cases per 100,000 Americans, and 214.9 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

In North Dakota, there were an average of 76.2 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending October 12. Cumulatively, North Dakota has reported 17,994.1 cases per 100,000 state residents, the second most of all 50 states. North Dakota has reported 214.5 deaths per 100,000, the 25th most of all 50 states.

While the nation’s largest metropolitan areas were hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, nearly every city has suffered from the virus. Outbreaks are particularly likely to occur in places where large numbers of people tend to congregate, leaving cities with high concentrations of colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes particularly at risk.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Bismarck metropolitan area has reported 27,908 confirmed cases, or 21,888.1 per 100,000 residents — the most of any city in North Dakota.

Grand Forks, the city with the second most cases per capita, has reported 16,855.9 cases per 100,000 residents.

The coronavirus crisis has led to widespread unemployment across the country as consumer-facing businesses are forced to close and customers are encouraged to stay home. Unemployment in Bismarck peaked at 9.5% in April 2020, and is now at 3.6% as of May 2021.

To determine the metropolitan area in each state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metropolitan areas according to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents as of October 12. Data was aggregated from the county level to the metropolitan area level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates.

These are all the counties in North Dakota where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

MSA Population Total cases Cases per 100,000 Total deaths Deaths per 100,000
Bismarck, ND 127,503 27,908 21,888.1 327 256.5
Grand Forks, ND-MN 101,745 17,150 16,855.9 157 154.3
Fargo, ND-MN 240,421 39,580 16,462.8 327 136.0

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