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The research was conducted in a western North Dakota city that is in the epicenter of the oil boom that is occurring in that region. Local residents were surveyed to determine how the influx of new residents may have changed their perception of living in the area. Lifestyle and quality of life were dramatically impacted in this area as it had been a remote lightly populated area that experienced extraordinarily rapid growth.

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Why is it important?

Rural regions like this one are frequently the focus of energy development and are also often experiencing economic difficulties. As a result, they are unprepared for the changes to come and state and local government are likewise ill-equipped to support them. Research like this can help areas experiencing similar growth prepare for what might be to come.

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This page is a summary of: New Faces in a New Place: Long-Time Residents’ Perceptions of New Residents in an Oil Boomtown in the Bakken Oil Shale Region, Deviant Behavior, March 2018, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2018.1456689.
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