Fargo, North Dakota

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Fargo, North Dakota

Introduction to Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo is situated in the Red River Valley in Cass County. The Red River Valley had been a portion of the glacial Lake Agassiz which was drained approximately 9,300 years ago. The sediments from the lake created fertile farm land in the Fargo area. Fargo is recognized as the major economic area of the eastern portion of North Dakota. Fargo is the center of retail, healthcare, manufacturing as well as education for the region. The city of Fargo was founded in 1871.


During the 1870's and the 1880's the area now known as Fargo served as a stopping place for steamboats traveling in the Red River. The area was originally called Centralia but later took the name Fargo in tribute to William Fargo who was the director of the Northern Pacific Railway and established the Wells Fargo Express Company. The city began to thrive due to the railroad entering Fargo.

A large fire destroyed hundreds of houses and businesses in 1893. Fargo became the location of Pence Automobile Company in 1905. Fargo experienced significant growth after World War II was over. Travel in the area was improved by the opening of interstates I-29 and I-94. The West Acres Shopping Mall was built in 1972 in the vicinity of the intersection of the two interstates and significantly increased retail business in the area.


The universities in the area provide theatre entertainment and other events for the citizens and visitors of Fargo. The city is also home to several private theatre companies. The Fargo Theatre is a restored building that was built in 1926 that offers movies and hosts community events. The Fargodome provides Broadway musicals, sporting events and other activities. Fargo is home to the Plains Art Museum which is recognized as the largest museum of art in North Dakota.


The Hector International Airport provides air transportation for the area. The BNSF Railway serves the city of Fargo. Amtrack services the community with the Empire Builder train. The city is provided with bus transportation by the Metro Area Transit.


  • Reineke Arts Center
  • Fargo Civic Center
  • John E. Carlson Coliseum
  • Urban Plains Center
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  • Fargo Air Museum
  • Hjemkomst Center


North Dakota State University is located in Fargo. The city is home to Aakers Business College and is the location of a campus for the University of Mary. Masters Baptist College is also located in Fargo.

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High Points

Fargo strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Dakota):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Fargo College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Fargo Low Violent Crime
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Fargo Short Commute Times
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Fargo Well-Paid Single Women
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Fargo Racial Diversity
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 9% Fargo Well-Paid Single Men
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 10% Fargo Median Family Income
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Fargo Affordability of Rents
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 14% Fargo Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Fargo Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Fargo, North Dakota

Comparing Fargo to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Dakota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 6 10
Well-Paid Single Women 6 10
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 8
Senior Citizens 4 2
Age of the Population 2 1
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Racial Diversity 1 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 3 1
Average Household Size 1 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 5 10
People in Middle Class or Better 5 7
People Above Poverty 5 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 5
Walking and Biking to Work 9 7
Working at Home 7 5
Public Transportation Use 2 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 5
Affordability of Rents 9 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 10
Housing Recently Built 8 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 8 5

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Fargo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 214 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Cass
Metro Area Fargo - Moorhead
Standard Zip Codes 58102, 58103, 58104
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58105, 58106, 58107, 58108, 58109
Company Zip Codes 58121, 58122, 58123, 58124, 58125, 58126
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.877
Longitude -96.789

Fargo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.1 miles
Jan Temp -2 to 16 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 21.1 inches
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 16 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 35 to 57 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 16 F
Apr Temp 30 to 55 F
Jul Temp 57 to 83 F
Oct Temp 33 to 58 F
Annual Precip 21.5 inches
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Fargo Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 90,599 100%
Male 45,306 50%
Female 45,293 50%
Under 18 19,136 21.1%
18+ 71,463 78.9%
65+ 9,120 10.1%
Median Age 30.1
Average Family Size 2.91
White 85,321 94.2%
African-American 922 1%
Asian 1,482 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 1,119 1.2%
Other 400 0.4%
Mixed Race 1,315 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,167 1.3%

Estimated Fargo Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 90,672
Growth 73
Growth % 0.1%

Fargo Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 32.8%
Norwegian 31.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.6%
Irish 4.7%
Swedish 3.3%
English 2.6%
French (except Basque) 2.5%
US/American 2.2%
Polish 1.6%
Scandinavian 1.2%
Czech 1%
Danish 0.9%
French Canadian 0.8%
Italian 0.8%
Yugoslavian 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Russian 0.5%
Finnish 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Somalian 0.3%
European 0.3%
British 0.3%
Canadian 0.3%
Icelander 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fargo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Reiles Acres (58102)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Fargo 90,599 $50,486
Argusville 147 $53,750
Frontier 273 $68,438
Harwood 607 $60,625
Horace 915 $47,639
Mapleton 606 $42,750
West Fargo 14,940 $51,765

Fargo Public Libraries

Fargo Public Library
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 241-1491
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Fargo Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(701) 234-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
3000 32ND AVE S
(701) 364-8050
Emergency Service: Yes

Fargo VA Medical Center
2101 Elm Street
Emergency Service:

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Fargo-32nd & 25th
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Fargo-University & 16th
1601 S. University Drive
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4202 13th Avenue South
West Fargo-13th Ave
4900 13th Avenue SW
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Fargo High Schools (2004)

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1840 15TH AVE S
Serves 1,573 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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1. Bismarck, North Dakota 88.3   30.9% 13.8% 29.4% 14 $51,477 6% 5.2% 55,532 8.4% 26.4 0.4% 0.9
2. Lebanon, New Hampshire 86.5   34% 14.3% 35% 17 $52,133 6.2% 5.6% 12,568 8.8% 34.9 0.9% 1.6
3. Laramie, Wyoming 86   33.1% 8.1% 46.7% 13 $43,395 5.1% 9.2% 27,204 22.6% 36.4 0.5% 1
4. Wahpeton, North Dakota 85.8   32.5% 13% 19.6% 14 $44,645 5.7% 4.5% 8,586 13.4% 28.2 0.5% 0.9
5. Canyon, Texas 85.7   29.8% 9.6% 41.8% 20 $46,250 6.7% 11.7% 12,875 14.3% 13.1 0.3% 1.2
6. Concord, New Hampshire 83.3   32.6% 13.7% 30.7% 21 $52,418 5.8% 4.5% 40,687 8% 23 0.7% 1.8
7. Midland, Michigan 83.1   28.6% 13.9% 41.9% 17 $64,949 6.5% 6.6% 41,685 8.8% 21.1 0.8% 1.7
8. Hopkins, Minnesota 83   43.3% 14.5% 35% 21 $50,359 5.8% 17.4% 17,145 9.3% 21.8 0.3% 1.7
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