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 1870s and the 1880s 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
  • Bonanzaville, USA
  • 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.


Total Population 113,464
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 65,607
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 40.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 38%
Median Earnings25+ $35,667
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,221
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,889


Median Family Income $69,709
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.6%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $709
Median House Value $168,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

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 Population Median Family Income
Argusville 449 $105,625
Frontier 219 $121,042
Harwood 869 $89,286
Horace 2,523 $113,077
Mapleton 798 $77,813
West Fargo 29,892 $81,673

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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
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Serves 1,573 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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Serves 871 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

Serves 114 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

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