This report is a general reference about socioeconomic conditions and trends in North Dakota. Trends are described for selected economic, demographic, public service, and fiscal variables. The report includes information about population, income, employment, retail sales, economic base, human and financial resources, local government finance, health and safety, and housing. The data are presented and compared at the county level, at the state planning region level, and by metropolitan status. In addition, population, trade area population, taxable sales and purchases, and pull factors are presented at the municipal level. Graphic displays follow the tabular presentations of the data at the county and state planning region level. All of the data items for which county-level data were available are also illustrated for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties in the state. The rural areas of the state generally lag behind the metropolitan areas in many measures such as population, income, employment growth, and health care. However, the report illustrates that not all nonmetropolitan areas in the state are alike. Documentation of these differences gives decision makers, planners, and economic development professionals a basis on which to plan future programs/policies and makes it clear that policies and programs are likely to affect some areas of the state differently than others.


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