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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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Data Highlight

North Dakota ranks first among the 50 states in economic output per working-age adult.

Featured Article

Prairie Roots Community Fund: A Focus on Neighbors from a Community-Owned Grocery Store

Prairie Roots Community Fund (PRCF) is the non-profit branch of Fargo's Prairie Roots Food Co-op. Jen Walla is one of four AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) sponsored by the Community Fund to decrease hunger and build healthy futures in our community. Jen has been involved in the local food movement for over a decade. She completed a Sustainable Food Production Program at Minnesota State-Fergus Falls in 2013, and has been a volunteer with Growing Together Community Gardens since 2015. She is enthusiastic about foraging locally for food and medicinal plants, and sharing her love of nature with others. Much of her excitement about local food and community stems from her dad's fruit tree expertise, her mom's dedication to teaching, and her grandparents' beautiful gardens. Her partner and son garden and forage with her, continuing the family tradition of growing delicious food. Jen loves acting as a community liaison, cultivating mutually beneficial connections around the community. In this article, she talks about the multifaceted impacts of food insecurity and ways PRCF is working to improve access to fresh, nutritious, high quality food for everyone in our community.



Geographic Profiles

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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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