Introduction to Grand Forks, North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota, in Grand Forks county, is 73 miles N of Fargo, North Dakota and 271 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. About 49,321 people live in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks History

Grand Forks was originally an important trading and meeting point for Native American tribes. Early fur trappers and French explorers referred the area as Les Grandes Fourches. The first post office of the area was established on June 15, 1870. A steamboat captain named Alexander Griggs, who platted the city in 1875, is regarded as "The Father of Grand Forks." Grand Forks was incorporated on February 22, 1881.

Grand Forks and nearby Attractions

  • Columbia Mall
  • North Dakota Museum of Art
  • Splasher's of the South Seas Indoor Water Park
  • Lincoln Park Golf Course
  • Turtle River State Park
  • Myra Museum

Things To Do In Grand Forks

One can visit the Turtle River State Park while in Grand Forks. Those interested in the area’s history may enjoy a trip to the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Myra Museum or Heritage Village. The Columbia Mall is the local shopping center. Riverside Park, Lincoln Park, University Park, Central Park and Elks Park are some of the local parks. Every year, Grand Forks hosts festivals like the Grand Cities Art Fest, the Rhubarb Festival and the Greater Grand Forks Fair and Exhibition.

Grand Forks Transportation

Grand Forks International Airport is nearby.

Grand Forks Higher Education

The city is home to the University of North Dakota. Minnesota State University-Moorhead, the North Dakota State College of Science and North Dakota State University also provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 54,944
Male Share of the Population 50.9%
Female Share of the Population 49.1%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 30,531
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 41.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $68,052
% Above Poverty Level 79.6%
% Below Poverty Level 20.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $761
Median House Value $163,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 9.7%

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

Grand Forks Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 73 miles N of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 271 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Grand Forks
Metro Area Grand Forks
Standard Zip Codes 58201, 58202, 58203, 58204, 58205
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58206, 58208
Company Zip Codes 58207
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 47.925
Longitude -97.032

Grand Forks Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 15 F
Apr Temp 31 to 53 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 55 F
Annual Precip 19.3 inches
Distance 7.2 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 15 F
Apr Temp 31 to 54 F
Jul Temp 57 to 82 F
Oct Temp 33 to 56 F
Annual Precip 19.6 inches
Distance 21.9 miles
Jan Temp -7 to 14 F
Apr Temp 31 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 33 to 55 F
Annual Precip 20.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Gfafb (58204, 58205)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buxton 346 $88,750
Emerado 360 $46,250
Manvel 405 $69,583
Reynolds 302 $68,750
Thompson 1,067 $92,734

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

Grand Forks Public Libraries

Grand Forks Public Library
Grand Forks, North Dakota
(701) 772-8116

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Grand Forks Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(701) 780-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,291 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

115 N 4TH ST
Serves 1,148 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 233 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.1

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