April 2021 Newsletter
Make Data Work For You
Use Timely Data Sources.
The need for timely and relevant data to make immediate decisions and plan for the future in light of the pandemic is really important. In order to provide accurate data in a short time frame, the Census Bureau in partnership with other federal statistical organizations developed the Household Pulse Survey, a unique and novel survey, that measures the impact of COVID-19 on employment status, food security, housing, education, and physical and mental wellness. North Dakota Compass researchers analyzed the survey data and featured some summary results in the most recent edition of the Compass Points.

In this article, North Dakota Compass researchers take you inside the newly released 2021 Compass Points to explore the impact of COVID-19 on North Dakota households and those most at risk. In addition, they present State of the State highlights; how North Dakota fares in relation to other states, and how North Dakota changed from the previous year in key topic areas.

Shed Light on Data.
The Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry in North Dakota experienced tremendous growth in the number of jobs from 2009-2012, followed by slowed growth in 2013 and 2014, job loss in 2015 and 2016, and gains in 2017-2019. Other industries closely tied to the oil and gas sector, such as Transportation and warehousing and Construction, followed similar patterns of growth and decline in the number of jobs in those 10 years.

However, as the global pandemic has had a significant impact on all economic sectors, especially on the oil and gas industry, the job growth and/or loss situation may look very different in 2020.
Stay On Top Of Trends.
North Dakota Compass monitors the most important trends in Population, Economy, Health, and Education. Here are some highlights of the most recent updates:

  • North Dakota’s population increased by 3,982 people from 2018 to 2019. Despite the stabilizing of the growth rate, North Dakota continued to have one of the largest percentage growth of all states from 2010 to 2019.
  • North Dakota was still the only state in 2019 with a younger median age compared to 2010 (37.0 years in 2010 to 35.3 years in 2019). 
  • North Dakota’s economy started to recover in 2018 and 2019. While the increase is small, the economy overall is substantially larger than it was 10 years ago.
  • Jobs in industries closely tied to the oil and gas sector like Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction, Construction, and Transportation followed similar patterns of growth and decline.
  • Obesity rates increased for all adult age groups from 2011 to 2019. The largest increase was in the 35 to 44 age group. 
  • The prevalence of depression is higher for those with low incomes, who are females, and who have low educational levels as compared to their counterparts.
  • In 2019, North Dakota had the lowest percentage of 3 and 4 year old children enrolled in preschool among the 50 states. 
  • High school graduation rates have remained consistent in North Dakota. Graduation rates improved for Native American students, but fairly large disparities continue to exist.

More Population, Economy, Health, and Education trends have been updated on North Dakota Compass under the Major Trends section. Check back regularly for new data to increase your understanding or keep up to date on a topic, issue, or need! Using reliable data will help you make informed decisions on programs and policies that impact your organizations and communities.
Find Answers in Data.
Good mental health is as important as good physical health. In addition to affecting individuals and their families, mental illness imposes significant economic costs on communities as a whole (e.g., employers, government, health care systems, and the general public).

Which age group in North Dakota was most likely to report having a form of depression in 2019?
Use Local Data.
All Geographic Profiles (including City Profiles) have been updated with the most recent data available.

ND Compass' Geographic Profiles provide local numbers for a variety of topics, all information in one place. Profiles are valuable for communities in North Dakota to assess or justify needs, to plan, to secure resources, and to advocate. The Geographic Profiles in general and the City Profiles specifically are some of the most utilized features on the website.
Keep Your Data Updated.
Make data work for you. Make sure you check back often for the newest data available.

Data and charts updated in March 2021.

Median income (1 chart)

Race (2 charts)

Median income (1 chart)

Obesity (6 charts)
Diabetes (6 charts)
Mental health (2 charts)

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