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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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The pandemic is still posing challenges to childcare arrangements.

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Rural Leadership North Dakota (RLND) Program.


Marie Hvidsten, Ed.D., is the Rural Leadership Specialist and Rural Leadership North Dakota Program Director with NDSU Extension. She has been in her extension position for 18 years. Prior to coming to NDSU, Marie was the Corporate Learning and Development Manager at Digi-Key in Thief River Falls. Marie has also been a music teacher, worked with a grant program from the University of Minnesota and was a curriculum director with the Thief River Falls School District. Marie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Bemidji State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Dakota, and a Doctorate in Education in the field of Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Marie’s doctoral dissertation was on women entrepreneurs in North Dakota.

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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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