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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 gap widened between foreign-born and native-born population who lack health insurance in North Dakota.

Featured Article

Everyone Needs Help Sometimes.

Abby Tow leads Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s fundraising programs, grants and communications as the Director of Community Engagement. Prior to joining LSSND in 2018, she was the Founding Executive Director of Imagine Thriving, a non-profit providing innovative mental health programming for children and students in elementary through high school. Micayla Bitz is a Community Engagement Specialist at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. After completing a summer internship in the summer of 2019, she moved into her part-time role with the agency’s community engagement team.

In this article, Abby and Micayla provide a glimpse of the multitude of LSSND programs for families, youth, and seniors and describe how they adapted their services to accommodate the increase need across all of their programs throughout North Dakota during the recent pandemic.

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NEW - COVID-19 Data Resources

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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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