High wages and low unemployment have drawn people from all over the United States, and in the boom areas, workers can easily make twice the federal minimum wage, even in food-service jobs. Make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour serving tables or $80,000 a year driving trucks.
Revenue from the oil companies have also allowed the state to lower the income tax, further attracting workers.
Rapid population growth has its downsides though. The housing shortage is such a problem, a local Salvation Army sometimes helps homeless job seekers buy one-way tickets out of the state.