Introduction to Wahpeton, North Dakota

Wahpeton, North Dakota, in Richland county, is 43 miles S of Fargo, North Dakota and 184 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are 8,586 residents in the city.

Wahpeton History

The community was founded in 1869. It was first settled by Morgan T. Rich. With the arrival of other settlers, the community was named 'Richville.' In the year 1871, the name of the town was changed to 'Chahinkapa.' In 1873, the town was renamed 'Wahpetonm.'

Wahpeton and nearby Attractions

  • Sica Hollow State Park
  • Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site
  • Maplewood State Park
  • Richland County Historical Society
  • Chahinkapa Park
  • Roy Lake State Park

Things To Do In Wahpeton

One can plan a day trip to the Chahinkapa Park, Maplewood State Park and Roy Lake State Park. The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, Red River and Northern Plains Regional Museum, Hjemkomst Center and Stevens County Museum are popular local spots as well.

Wahpeton Transportation

Hector International is the nearest major airport.

Wahpeton Higher Education

North Dakota State College of Science is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include Concordia College at Moorhead, the University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University.


Total Population 7,804
Male Share of the Population 52.1%
Female Share of the Population 47.9%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,311
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 45.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.7%
Median Earnings25+ $35,613
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $32,647
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,206


Median Family Income $71,305
% Above Poverty Level 85.6%
% Below Poverty Level 14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.4%
Median Gross Rent $488
Median House Value $102,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0.5%
English 2.7%
Irish 6.9%

Wahpeton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles S of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 184 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Richland
Standard Zip Codes 58075
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58074
Company Zip Codes 58076
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.265
Longitude -96.605

Wahpeton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station WAHPETON 3 N
Distance 3.6 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 18 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 21.8 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp -5 to 15 F
Apr Temp 32 to 54 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 23 inches
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 16 F
Apr Temp 32 to 53 F
Jul Temp 60 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 56 F
Annual Precip 23.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Galchutt (58075)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abercrombie 251 $81,875
Christine 139 $79,750
Fairmount 384 $63,750
Great Bend 58 $37,344
Hankinson 951 $64,583
Mooreton 207 $81,250

Wahpeton Public Libraries

Leach Public Library
Wahpeton, North Dakota
(701) 642-5732
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Wahpeton High Schools

1021 11TH ST N
Serves 504 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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