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North Dakota Compass

North Dakota Compass provides and promotes the use of credible data to improve the quality of life in North Dakota.

A project of the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, North Dakota Compass provides reliable and consistent information needed by North Dakota’s community, policy, organizational, non-profit, and business leaders who must plan for the future in an environment of continuous change. More >


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Data Highlight

The educational profile of older adults in North Dakota saw a significant improvement since 2010.

Featured Article

City Governance: Commission or Council for Fargo, North Dakota?


Dr. Nicholas Bauroth is a professor of political science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). He received his PhD from Loyola University of Chicago in 2003 and has taught at NDSU since 2004. His research interests include local governance, state and local economic development, and the history of abortion policy. Dr. Bauroth is also managing director of the Upper Midwest Center on Public Policy at NDSU. The Center focuses on a variety of policy areas, including government transparency and student voting habits. Center reports and datasets can be accessed at: https://www.ndsu.edu/centers/publicpolicy/.
Article contributors also include Kendra Erickson-Dockter and Kaeleigh Schroeder, both research specialists at the Center for Social Research at NDSU.


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Social Determinants of Health Toolkit

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Geographic Profiles

Find data organized by geographic area. Get profiles by state, planning region, Native American reservation area, county, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, and cities with populations of at least 1,000 people. View profiles >

State Legislative District Profiles

Highlighting measures focusing on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for each of the 47 districts in North Dakota.
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Community Building Toolkit

Explore the ND Compass Community Building Toolkit. It provides a framework and resources to improve your community development process.



North Dakota Compass 2017 EVALUATION HIGHLIGHTS


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