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Published July 02, 2013, 05:12 PM

Small towns near Fargo are seeing significant population increases

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- You know you're becoming a bigger metropolitan area, when "suburbs" start growing.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- You know you're becoming a bigger metropolitan area, when "suburbs" start growing.

Since the 2,000 population, 4 smaller towns near Fargo, have all seen increases.

Horace's population: Up 167%, to almost 2,500 people. Casselton and Mapleton, up 26%. Oxbow, up 24%.

City officials say since 2010 they've had nearly 40 residential building permits. A number they believe will continue to grow.

Horace, Harwood, Oxbow. They're all quick commutes from the metro and they're quickly becoming home to more and more families.

Mike Eberhardt- Casselton City Council: "We've had really a steady growth over the last few years."

Not only are homes for sale in Casselton, but so are lots.

"We generally add 12 to 15 new houses a year, which doesn't sound like a lot when you're talking to people from Fargo or West Fargo but for a city our size it's a real sustainable growth."

An expansion city councilor - Mike Eberhardt suspects will continue. Recently a group has formed in town to contact developers about new developments.

"New home construction is also booming here in Kindred where a group of three local men decided to organize a new housing development. The first phase had 32 lots, they're hoping the second will begin this fall with 11 lots. It's on the east side of town, near the Federal Airport."

While Mapleton is expanding, their focus seems to be more industrial, bringing jobs to the region.

Mayor Eric Hillman- Mapleton: "Horsch Anderson Industries is building out here, hope to be open late fall. Great Plains Transport is also building out here. We've got CapX 2020, we're the storage facility for their big power lines that are coming through."

But those people will need a place to live. Starting this fall Mayor Eric Hillman says a new 53 unit development will be built.

Just to give you an estimate on how many new jobs will come to Mapleton, The mayor suspects close to 150.