Introduction to West Fargo, North Dakota

West Fargo, North Dakota is 5 miles W of Fargo, North Dakota and 218 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is in Cass County. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead metro area. The population of West Fargo is 14,940.

West Fargo History

West Fargo was founded in 1926. It is in Cass County, which was named after George Washington Cass, a local railroad executive.

West Fargo and nearby Attractions

  • Red River & Northern Plains Regional Museum
  • Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site
  • Hjemkomst Center
  • Jameson Park
  • Telephone Pioneers Museum
  • Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm

Things To Do In West Fargo

The Cass County Historical Society, the Fort Abercrombie State Historic Site and the Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm are popular local historical sites. The Red River Zoo, the Thunder Road Family Fun Park and the Buffalo River State Park are also worth visiting.

West Fargo Transportation

Hector International Airport offers air transportation facilities.

West Fargo Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, the North Dakota State College of Science and Bemidji State University.


Total Population 28,371
Male Share of the Population 52.4%
Female Share of the Population 47.6%
Senior Citizens 9%
Employed Population 16+ 16,725
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 57.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35.7%
Median Earnings25+ $40,149
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,384
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,638


Median Family Income $80,054
% Above Poverty Level 91.3%
% Below Poverty Level 8.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 25.9%
Median Gross Rent $722
Median House Value $164,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0%
English 3.6%
Irish 4.8%

West Fargo Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Fargo, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 218 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Cass
Metro Area Fargo - Moorhead
Standard Zip Codes 58078
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 46.875
Longitude -96.9

West 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 5.6 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 15.4 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 15.8 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, West Fargo, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Riverside (58078)

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 394 $107,500
Fargo 110,725 $70,371
Frontier 208 $117,917
Harwood 845 $87,000
Horace 2,502 $94,063
Mapleton 815 $80,341

West Fargo Public Libraries

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Serves 1,585 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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