- Data Fair Edition -
July 2018 Newsletter
Prize Winning Information. 
KIDS COUNT®, a program sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an annual assessment of children's well-being in the United States. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains - economic well-being, family and community, education, and health - that represent what children need most to thrive. These data provide us a chance to better understand the opportunities and challenges facing children and families in each state and to strategically invest in their futures. 

In addition to the well-being assessment, this year's report also emphasized the importance of an accurate count in the 2020 Census. Especially in the case of children, an accurate count impacts the distribution of funds to each state that can ensure necessary resources to address associated challenges and opportunities. In this month's featured article, Karen Olson, North Dakota KIDS COUNT program director - North Dakota State University Center for Social Research, offers some insight into the 2018 Data Book, and how North Dakota ranks in regards to the well-being of children and youth.

Data on a Stick.
Understanding the distribution of various age groups in a population is important for community development. For instance, a top-heavy age distribution (i.e., an older population) in a community suggests an aging of the population, which may cause implications for economic development, workforce, and service programming. A bottom-heavy distribution (i.e., much younger population) suggests potential for growth, but also an increased need for jobs, housing, childcare, and education. Due to two main trends in North Dakota, both the bottom and the top of the age distribution saw changes from 2000 to 2017.
Carnival Games.
Low birth weight is associated with a number of health risks. Which North Dakota county 
is faring the best on this measure (lowest percentage of low birth weight babies)? 

Featured Data Exhibits.
Did you know that  North Dakota Compass has  City Profile Infographics for the cities of  Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Mandan, and Minot?  Don't see your city infographic (for cities with populations of at least 1,000), but you'd like to have one - let us know and we will get one created!
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