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North Dakota is changing. How are you and/or your community responding to these changes and the opportunities and challenges they bring? Effective community leaders, business owners, and policy makers use data considerably to document needs, assess areas of impact, set goals, plan interventions, evaluate progress, and inspire action. Many times individuals like to be able to analyze historical and current data and identify trends so they can successfully develop strategies to accomplish their goals. It is important to examine and analyze data trends, because they can help us understand how a community has performed in the past, where it currently is, and predict and plan for the future. Done well, it will give ideas about how an individual might change things to move his/her community in the right direction.

As individuals use data to make decisions, it is imperative to use credible and impartial data and information. This is where North Dakota Compass can play an important role in the decision making process for North Dakota communities. North Dakota Compass provides reliable, accurate, and unbiased data and information in an easily accessible format, which allows community members and leaders to harness opportunities and hurdle obstacles and improve quality of life by implementing solutions that work.

In this month's   Ask a Researcher   column, the North Dakota Compass team uses trend data to illustrate the impact of an increasingly diverse youth population as they develop and enter adulthood and the workforce. Understanding the statewide trends in the child population helps to plan for and improve student development, learning, and accomplishments, and ultimately, the future for North Dakota.


In the For Discussion column, the North Dakota Compass team introduces the all-new North Dakota Compass Points 2015. The 2015 Compass Points includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at measures of progress for 10 topic areas represented on the website. 


To learn more about North Dakota statewide trends, don't forget to check out the North Dakota Compass Major Trends page.


For Discussion
Compass Points - 2015! A New Feature on North Dakota Compass                          

North Dakota Compass is proud to introduce a new feature to the project-North Dakota Compass Points!


What is Compass Points, you ask? Compass Points give a visual snapshot of the quality of life in North Dakota as informed by data existent on the North Dakota Compass website. These newly released 2015 Compass Points includes notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at measures of progress for 10 topic areas. The North Dakota Compass team looks forward to sharing the Compass Points with communities, organizations, and agencies throughout the state.


Download Compass Points from North Dakota Compass' main page (under New Resources) or from our Trends page .


Ask a Researcher

Tell a Story with Data! The Importance of Cradle-to-Career Success


The North Dakota Compass team uses trend data found on the North Dakota Compass website to tell the story of an increasingly diverse youth population as they develop and enter into adulthood and workforce.

Check it out!

The North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT legislative district profiles have a new home! A special tab under profiles makes them easier to find. 

Keep an eye out for the new 2015 profiles coming soon!

New data available

A number of charts and profiles have been updated on the website!            




By county (map), ages 65+

By county (ranking), ages 65+

By planning regions, ages 65+

By cities, ages 65+

By Native American reservation area, ages 65+

By metropolitan status, ages 65+ 



Demographics - DISABILITY:


By county (map)

By county (ranking)

By metropolitan status

By planning region

By metropolitan and micropolitan area

By cities

By Native American reservation area 





Percent with one or more disabilities * Total older adult population (age 65+) * Percent of older adults with one or more disabilities (age 65+) * Total babies born (all births) * Babies born at low birth weight * Young children for whom all parents are working (age 0-5) * Households paying 30% or more of income for monthly housing costs * Homeownership rate * Proportion of adults working (age 16-64)