North Dakota Compass is launching its signature publication, the
2020 Compass Points. The annual indicator report includes data and analysis about notable trends, key demographics, and a dashboard look at measures of progress in key topic areas in North Dakota. The Compass Points captures the current state of North Dakota, the state in relation to other states, and measures progress over time.
The goal of this publication is to provide data and analysis to better identify and build understanding about the issues and opportunities facing the state of North Dakota.
North Dakota ranked first in the country with the lowest percentage of households who are housing cost-burdened (i.e., 30 percent or more of the household's monthly gross income is dedicated to housing costs), at 23 percent, in 2018. Housing costs are substantially more of a burden for renters than homeowners. While the percentage of housing cost-burdened homeowners has decreased over the past decade, the percentage of cost-burdened renters has stayed the same. Moreover, there were about 11,000 more cost-burdened renter households in 2018 than in 2008.
ND Compass' City Profiles (for cities with 1,000 people or more) provide local numbers for a variety of topics, all information in one place. Profiles are valuable for small and mid-sized 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.
There are 52 cities with population larger than 1,000 in North Dakota, according to the most recent estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and ND Compass provides profiles for each of them. This year five NEW profiles have been added: Killdeer, Mapleton, Parshall, Surrey, and Thompson.