from ND COMPASS         
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

A Time of Changes


Over the past decade North Dakota has encountered a great deal of change. North Dakota's energy development, robust economy, and thriving workforce reinvigorated the state's overall population. One of the key contributors to the population increase of North Dakota is the energy development in the western part of the state. In addition to the energy development, many other opportunities contributed to attracting businesses and workers throughout the state. While the national media typically highlights the statewide influx of population, this does not always reflect the myriad of differences which exist within the state.


In 2013, although North Dakota was the fastest growing state in the nation with a 3 percent population growth from 2012, eight counties continued to lose population and 11 counties saw little or no change in population (see population change graphic below).The dynamic nature of this change creates a variety of opportunities and challenges for North Dakota communities.


While the United States continues to age, the North Dakota population is becoming younger (median age of 35.3 years old, 2013). Again however, not all counties are seeing this rejuvenation (see median age by county map for specifics). North Dakota is also becoming more racially diverse. The North Dakota population of color (i.e., non-white) experienced a 24 percent increase from 2010 to 2013 (see population by racial and ethnic group for specifics). Understanding the redistribution of population and the effects of these dynamic changes can improve policy making and strategic planning for the communities of North Dakota.  


One resource within the state to help people understand and determine what is happening to North Dakota's population is the North Dakota Census Office. In this month's Ask a Researcher, Kevin Iverson and Joe Cicha share what information can be found using the Census and what services the ND Census office can provide.


In addition, residing in one of the areas affected by the dramatic growth of a younger and more racially diverse population, Megan Laudenschlager of the Minot Area Community Foundation, provides a snapshot of how Minot is working to increase engagement of their increased millennial population in leadership roles in the community, in this month's For Discussion article.
For Discussion
Engaging Millennials in the Future of Minot                                   


Join Megan Laudenschlager, Finance and Program Director of the Minot Area Community Foundation and 2014 Bush Fellow, as she highlights her passion and work engaging young professionals in the community and leadership activities in Minot, ND.

Ask a Researcher

The State Repository of Census Information-The North Dakota Census Office


A great deal of data about people and economy comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know that North Dakota has a Census Office? Have you ever wondered what they do and what kind of information they provide? Join Kevin Iverson and Joe Cicha in this month's For Discussion column to find out!

Look at data in different ways!


Geographic Profiles: Your location at a glance! A compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website, by geographic location (i.e., the state of North Dakota, the eight state planning regions, 53 counties, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, and the Native American Indian Reservations). City Profiles coming soon!



State Legislative District Profiles: Interested in data about your legislative district? The 2015 profiles highlight 16 measures focusing on population, household, social, and economic characteristics for each of the 47 districts in North Dakota and compares them with data from North Dakota and the United States.


What's New on the Website?

A number of charts have been updated within the following topics and key measures:            



All charts were updated!


Civic Engagement- VOLUNTEERISM:

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Economy - JOBS: 

North Dakota and U.S. (monthly percent change)

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By county (map)

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By metropolitan status (age 25-34)

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