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North Dakota Compass

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

New resources

  • New! State Legislative District profiles
  • Updated Trends
  • October's Newsletter
  • Community Building Toolkit located in the header under Toolkits
  • October's For Discussion is on our new North Dakota legislative district profiles, created in partnership by North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT. In the Ask a Researcher column, Deb White fills us in on how women are represented in elected office today.
  • Geo Profiles which includes a compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website.

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For Discussion


A New Look at Your Legislative District
With upcoming elections and a legislative session about to open, conversations are happening all over the state. North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT have teamed up to create demographic and socio-economic profiles for the 2013-2022 North Dakota State Legislative Districts. Check out the population, household, social, and economic characteristics for your legislative district. Each profile compares district information with North Dakota and the United States. The goal of these publications is to inform, educate, create awareness, and generate discussion.

Ask a Researcher

photoWomen's Representation in Elected Office

Dr. Deborah White is a professor of sociology at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She serves as coordinator of the Tri-College National Education for Women’s Leadership (NEW Leadership) development Institute, a public leadership program for women that she established in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Different Ways to Use ND Compass

Program Planning with ND Compass

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends


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HOW To Use This Site

You can explore the website in multiple ways: by topic, by geography and by community capitals.

  • Click on a topic located in the black bar at the top of the page
  • Click on a key measure to see graphs, maps, charts, and tables related to a specific indicator
  • Scroll over the “Breakdown” menu to see what specific characteristics and geographies are available
  • To find data sources, definitions, or qualifications, go to the "View" drop down menu and choose "Data & notes"
  • Find links to additional data sources under More Measures
  • Find links to projects and organizations relevant to the topic under Ideas at Work
  • Find reports and publications under Library



If you would like additional instruction, please read the May 2013 Ask A Researcher: Learn how to make the ND Compass website work for you.

Also, please see our videos on different ways you can use ND Compass.
Program Planning or Development

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends

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