Follow the Data!
August 2020 Newsletter
Stay Informed. 
Understanding the distribution of various age groups in a population is important for the society and the economy. For instance, an aging population may cause implications for economic development, workforce, and health care. An increase in  the younger population suggests potential for further population growth, but also an increased need for jobs, housing, childcare, and education.

Impacted by migration and the aging baby boomers, the age structure in North Dakota changed from 2010 to 2019. The influx of young people in their prime child-bearing years led to an increase in the number of young adults and an increase of the number of birthsThe aging of the baby boom generation led to an increase of people 60 to 74 years old. This increase was offset by the loss of people ages 45 to 59 years old, which represent the most common age group of potential caregivers. These changes bring both opportunities and challenges that will take planning at state and local levels. 
Monitor Trends.

North Dakota Compass monitors the most important trends in Population, Economy, Health, and Education. Here are some highlights of the most recent updates:


  • After five years of continuous growth (2020-2015),  North Dakota's population remained relatively unchanged from 2015 to 2017. However, from 2017 to 2019, North Dakota's population increased by 7,120 people. 
  • 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). 


  • The number of jobs in North Dakota have been strongly impacted by the economic fluctuations during the past decade. Energy development has caused cyclical but significant job creation.
  • North Dakota surpassed all other states with the largest increase in median household income when compared to a decade ago.


  • Obesity rates increased for all adult age groups from 2011 to 2018. The largest increase was in the youngest adult (age 18 to 24) and older adult (65 years and older) age groups. 
  • 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.


  • Large racial and income gaps in academic achievement continue to exist in North Dakota as related to 3rd grade English Language Arts/Literacy and 8th grade Math scores.
  • 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.
Challenge Your Knowledge.
The 63 percent homeownership rate ranks North Dakota 42nd among the 50 states (from highest to lowest rate) in 2018. Which of these household types has the highest homeownership rate in North Dakota?
Monitor Changes and Impacts.
In a relatively short time, COVID-19 is impacting North Dakota on a large scale. North Dakota Compass tracks, among others, data useful to understand the population in your area and the potential risk to the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (e.g., chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, immune deficiencies, severe obesity, diabetes, kidney or liver disease) may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. In addition, socioeconomic and environmental factors (e.g., lack of medical insurance, poverty, lack of access to transportation or nutritious food) impact the likelihood of becoming ill and the capacity of recovering from an illness.

To help inform planning and executing interventions and services in North Dakota's communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, we compiled a list of useful data resources that is continually updated. The list contains:
  • Links to reliable websites that provide latest COVID-19 developments,
  • Data on ND Compass and other websites with information about the population at risk,
  • Links to resources showing the impact of COVID-19 on North Dakota's communities.
Check the resource page often, as new links are continually added.
Stay Up-To-Date.
Browse the updated charts and make sure you check back often for the newest data available. 

Data updated in July 2020:
Make Sure You Are Counted.
Sixty-two percent of North Dakotans responded to the 2020 Census Survey, as of August 1st 2020. Among counties, Burleigh County ranks first with a 76 percent response rate. Getting a complete and accurate count is critically important. We must make sure that everyone in our communities are counted in the 2020 Census. 

Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions. The results will show where communities need new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. The results will also inform how federal funding is allocated to more than 100 programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. 

There is still time to complete the 2020 Census. Don't risk losing critical benefits and save census takers a visit to your home. Respond today at!

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