North Dakota Brief – 1/3/07

The Fargo Forum reports that North Dakota would all but disappear if a plan approved in Georgia is put in place here.

A total of 488 communities were erased from the latest version of Georgia’s official map by the state’s Department of Transportation.

Many of the dropped towns were mere “placeholders” and have fewer than 2,500 people, the department said. The goal was to make Georgia’s map less cluttered.

So we wondered: What would happen if North Dakota eliminated towns with fewer than 2,500 people?

We’d have a pretty blank state map, that’s what. Of the 360 North Dakota towns listed on the map legend, 15 have populations of more than 2,500 people.

Six additional towns – Belcourt, Bottineau, Carrington, Hazen, Langdon and Lisbon – have populations between 2,000 and 2,500 and could be included if the mapmaker felt generous.

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