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Overview

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.

History

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.

Entertainment

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.

Transportation

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.

Attractions

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

College

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population115,950
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens10.9%
Employed Population 16+67,031
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married40.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.2%
Median Earnings25+$36,526
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,504
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,414

Wealth

Median Family Income$70,075
% Above Poverty Level85.4%
% Below Poverty Level14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$727
Median House Value$178,300

Ancestry

German39.4%
Norwegian29%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.8%
Irish9.1%
Swedish5.2%
English4.2%
French Except Basque3.7%
Polish2.9%
African2.8%
Russian1.9%
Czech1.8%
Scottish1.5%
Italian1.3%
Dutch1.2%
Somali0.9%
Danishn0.9%
Canadian0.9%
Finnish0.5%
Arab0.5%
Ethiopian0.4%
Icelander0.4%
Ugandan0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Sudanese0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Fargo Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cass County
Standard Zip Codes58103, 58102, 58104
P.O. Box Zip Codes58105, 58106, 58107, 58108, 58109
Company Zip Codes58121, 58122, 58124, 58125, 58126
Phone Area Codes701
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude46.87
Approximate Longitude-96.81

Fargo Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFARGO HECTOR AP
Distance4.1 miles
Jan Temp-2 to 16 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp34 to 56 F
Annual Precip21.1 inches
StationGEORGETOWN 1 E
Distance14.3 miles
Jan Temp-3 to 16 F
Apr Temp33 to 56 F
Jul Temp59 to 82 F
Oct Temp35 to 57 F
Annual Precip22.1 inches
StationCASSELTON AGRONOMY FRM
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp-5 to 16 F
Apr Temp30 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp33 to 58 F
Annual Precip21.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Argusville505$112,500
Frontier192$121,875
Harwood767$93,393
Horace2,559$109,740
Mapleton886$80,156
West Fargo31,557$85,239

Fargo Public Libraries

Fargo Public Library
102 NORTH 3RD STREET
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 241-1472

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Fargo Hospitals

Fargo Va Medical Center
(Government - Federal)
2101 Elm Street
(701) 232-3241
Kindred Hospital Fargo
(Proprietary)
1720 University Dr S
(701) 241-9099
Prairie Saint John's
510 4th Street South
(701) 476-7216
Sanford Medical Center Fargo
801 Broadway North
(701) 234-2000
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
2101 North Elm Street
(701) 239-3700
Essentia Health-fargo
(Proprietary)
3000 32nd Ave South
(701) 364-8000
Sandord Medical Center Fargo
(Non-profit)
1720 University Dr S
(701) 234-2000

Fargo Public Schools

Fargo Spec Ed Unit
415 4th St N
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-1012
Mckinley Elementary School
2930 8th St N
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 193
North High School
801 17th Ave N
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-2400
High
Total Enrollment 952
Madison Elementary School
1040 N 29th St
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 176
Longfellow Elementary School
20 29th Ave Ne
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Washington Elementary School
1725 N Broadway
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Ben Franklin Middle School
1420 8th St N
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-3600
Middle
Total Enrollment 685
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School
1025 3rd St N
ZIP: 58102
(701) 446-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Eagles Education Center
1305 9th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-3105
Primary
Total Enrollment 131
Jefferson Elementary School
1701 4th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 358
Lewis And Clark Elementary School
1729 16th St S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 578
Lincoln Elementary School
2120 9th St S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 540
Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School
1417 6th St S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
South High School
1840 15th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-2000
High
Total Enrollment 1084
Woodrow Wilson Alternative High School
1305 9th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-2800
High
Total Enrollment 135
Ed Clapp Elementary School
3131 28th St S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-1005
Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
1601 13th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
(701) 446-1700
Middle
Total Enrollment 815
Discovery Middle School
1717 40th Ave S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 446-3300
Middle
Total Enrollment 951
Fargo Davies High School
7150 25th St S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 446-5600
High
Total Enrollment 1204
Centennial Elementary School
4201 25th St S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 446-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 591
Kennedy Elementary School
4401 42nd St S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 446-4200
Primary
Total Enrollment 772
Bennett Elementary School
2000 S 58th Ave
ZIP: 58104
(701) 446-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 613
Independence Elementary School
3700 54th St S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 356-5890
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Osgood Kindergarten Center
5550 44th Ave S
ZIP: 58104
(701) 356-2190
Primary
Total Enrollment 528

Fargo Private Schools

Grace Lutheran School
1025 14th Ave S
ZIP: 58103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 103
Dakota Montessori School
1134 Westrac Dr S
ZIP: 58103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
Academy For Children Childcare
20 8th St S
ZIP: 58103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Nativity Elementary School
1825 11th St S
ZIP: 58103
Elementary
Total Enrollment 342
Shanley High School & Sullivan Middle School
5600 25th St S
ZIP: 58104
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 550
Children's Montessori Center
1612 Tom Williams Dr S
ZIP: 58104
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
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