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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! Community Building Toolkit located in the header under Toolkits
  • September's Newsletter
  • September's featured For Discussion columnist discusses the soybean industry and what it contributes to North Dakota. The Ask A Researcher column provides information on pull factors in North Dakota.
  • August's Newsletter
  • New section: Geo Profiles which includes a compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website.

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For Discussion

photoSoybeans- Growing an Important Commodity for North Dakota
Edwin Erickson Jr., national director for the state of North Dakota on the American Soybean Association Board of Directors and soybean farmer from Milnor, ND, and Nancy Johnson, executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association provide some insights into the soybean industry and the organizations who represent the soybean growers and work to improve the prosperity of soybean grower members and of the entire soybean industry.

Ask a Researcher

photo Pull Factors Measure Retail Trade Performance

Randal Coon is a research specialist with NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He discusses an economic tool used to measure a community's retail trade performance.

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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