October 2014
from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Legislative season is upon us! 


As November elections draw near, and the North Dakota 2015 Legislative session prepares to begin, it is a great time to look at what the data tell us about our state.  


In keeping with North Dakota Compass's goal of providing clear, accurate, and unbiased data, we have teamed up with North Dakota KIDS COUNT to create a unique data tool for this legislative season; Legislative District Profiles!   


Compiled based on information obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, the profiles offer a quick look at each of North Dakota's 47 legislative districts in a total of 16 indicators covering population, household, social, and economic characteristics. The legislative district profiles are downloadable, and completely free from both the North Dakota Compass and North Dakota KIDS COUNT websites. 

As the state prepares for the November polls, Dr. Deborah White from Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a look at North Dakota's women representation in elected office, in the Ask a Researcher column. Discover where North Dakota ranks in relation to other states.

To learn more about voter turnout in North Dakota, don't forget to check out the North Dakota Compass Voter Turnout key measure under the Civic Engagement topic area.  


For Discussion
New North Dakota Legislative District Profiles Are Now Available

North Dakota Compass in collaboration with North Dakota KIDS COUNT created demographic and socio-economic profiles for the 2013-2022 North Dakota State Legislative Districts. What do the data say about your legislative district?  

Ask a Researcher

Women's Representation in Elected Office


Dr. Deborah White is a professor of sociology at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She serves as coordinator of the Tri-College National Education for Women's Leadership (NEW Leadership) Development Institute, a public leadership program for women that she established in partnership with the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. In this article, Deborah looks at the progress women made in gaining elected offices in the United States and what it takes to increase women representation.

North Dakota Compass State Highlights 2014:
Have you had an opportunity to check out the 2014 North Dakota Compass's State Highlights? They are available for viewing on the CSR Pinterest page. An updated Highlight will be produced each year by the North Dakota Compass staff.


New data available

A number of charts have been updated or revised within the following key measures:



3 GDP key measure charts

By metropolitan area (annual change)

By metropolitan area (CAGR)

By metropolitan area (per capita)


3 types of Jobs key measure charts

Farm/nonfarm industry

Monthly jobs (July 2014)

Quarterly jobs (Quarter 4 2013)


2 Poverty key measure charts

ND and US 

Comparison with other states


2 Median Income key measure charts

ND and US 

Comparison with other states



2 Cost-burdened households key measure charts

ND and US 

Comparison with other states



2 Proportion of adults working key measure charts

ND and US 

Comparison with other states



By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, North Dakota Compass gives everyone in our state--policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here--a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities.
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