January 2021 Newsletter
New Year Resolutions
Use Data For Decision Making.
North Dakota Compass launches the 2021 State Legislative District Profiles.
The State Legislative District Profiles were first produced in 2014 and are updated annually. The profiles contain indicators that present population, household, social and economic characteristics that help identify strengths and challenges in each district. In addition to the individual profiles, North Dakota Compass creates interactive maps for each category. The maps provide an overall view and allow to easily compare district with district.

We invite you to explore the annual North Dakota Legislative District Profiles in the map or profile format, for a snapshot of community resident characteristics within each North Dakota state legislative district. The profiles are useful for legislators to better understand the people they represent, to gain insight through reputable data that would otherwise have been difficult to find, and to understand the strengths and challenges of the district they represent. The profiles are also helpful for district residents to better understand the neighborhood in which they live – and better inform and educate themselves on the topics considered. 

Support Innovation And Growth.
The Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center (JREC) focuses on providing relevant business information and resources to small business and student audiences, to support innovation and growth. The center prioritizes education by collaborating with the region’s educational institutions as well as, non-profit organizations. The center hosts events such as Youth Technology Challenge and Manufacturing Day to encourage the acquisition of new skills and to connect students to future employers. In addition, JREC is uniquely positioned to serve as a catalyst for economic growth throughout the region. The entrepreneur center works with small businesses and students to improve the development and application of diverse ideas in an effort to stimulate business profitability.

In this article, Katherine Roth, the Executive Director of JREC, presents a number of key state and federal resources available to support new and existing small businesses, non-profits, and municipalities in North Dakota.

Engage In Your Community.
Compared to the previous presidential election in 2016, all states increased their voter turnout. North Dakota had a voter turnout of 62.7 percent in 2020, an increase from a turnout rate of 61.3 percent in 2016.

Among North Dakota’s counties, Billings County had the highest voter turnout and saw the largest increase from 2016. Billings, Burke, Golden Valley, McHenry, McKenzie, Mercer and Stark Counties had an increase of 10 percentage points or higher as compared to 2016. The voter turnout in three counties stayed about the same, and another three counties saw a decrease, as compared to 2016.

Stay Informed.
Having an employed parent is a major contributor to the family's financial stability but also brings challenges related to the care of children. In North Dakota, 76 percent of young children (under 6 years old), have all parents in the workforce.

How does North Dakota compare to other states regarding the percent of young children with parents working?
a) Ranks among the top 5 states (1st place, highest percent)
c) Ranks among the last five states (last place, lowest percent)

New Year, New Data.
New year brings new data. Make sure you check back often for the newest data available.

Disability (9 charts)

Voter turnout (8 charts)

Disability (9 charts)

Median income (7 charts)
Poverty (11 charts)


Homeownership rate (9 charts)


Data and charts updated in December 2020

Start 2021 Strong.