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North Dakota Compass

ND 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, ND 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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North Dakota surpassed all other states with the largest increase in median household income when compared to a decade ago.

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Engaging Volunteers across Generations

Rachelle Vettern is an Associate Professor and the Leadership and Volunteer Development Specialist for North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension. In her Extension role, she conducts research and provides education for youth and adults in the areas of leadership, ethics, generations, youth development, and volunteer development. She works with both the NDSU Extension Center for 4-H Youth Development and Family and Community Wellness. In her faculty role, she teaches online classes for the NDSU Great Plains interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) Youth Development master’s program. She has her B.A. in Psychology and her M.S. in Counseling and Human Resource Development from South Dakota State University. Her Ph.D. is in Counselor Education and Supervision from North Dakota State University. In this article, Rachelle offers insight into engaging volunteers coming from a variety of generations, which resulted from a previous NDSU research study.



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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