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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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Increased diversity in North Dakota’s child population

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The 2020 Census is Right Around the Corner and the Potential Impacts for North Dakota are Significant

Kevin Iverson has served as the Manager of the North Dakota Census Office at the Department of Commerce in Bismarck since 2012. The office functions as both the State’s Data Center and the state’s representative in the Federal-State Population Estimate Program. In addition, Kevin is appointed as the Governor’s Liaison to the Census Bureau and the state’s executive branch representative to the Census 2020 Redistricting Data Program. His education includes both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from UND. Prior to his current position as the Census Office Manager, Kevin worked as a research analyst for the Labor Market Information Center at Job Service North Dakota where he was responsible for Labor Availability and Talent Initiative studies. He is in his second career after retired from the United States Army at the rank of lieutenant colonel with 23 years of service in 2005. In this article, Kevin highlights information regarding the upcoming Census 2020 and stresses the importance of counting every North Dakota resident as the population will determine allocation of political representation and federal funding distribution for each state over the next 10 years.  


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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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