I offer up deaths as a clear example that COVID was a consequential event. We can debate policy efficacy, but we need to stop debating whether COVID was an issue. It was.
To follow up and expand the births data discussion some I calculated fertility rates to shed further light on the changes over the last decade plus in North Dakota.
Births in ND increased over the years of fracking expansion in North Dakota. I break out the data around mothers age to further our understanding of the changes.
People matter. With most policy initiatives in North Dakota, economic or otherwise, population represents an important constraint. I talk about natural increase across counties in North Dakota in this post.
The September 2021 cases for age 0-9 already passed the level for September 2020.