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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population55,831
Male Share of the Population51.4%
Female Share of the Population48.6%
Senior Citizens11.1%
Employed Population 16+30,917
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married41.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher35%
Median Earnings25+$36,702
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,227
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,436

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,353
% Above Poverty Level79.4%
% Below Poverty Level20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$772
Median House Value$172,700

Ancestry

German31.5%
Norwegian29.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)15.8%
Irish9.4%
Swedish4.9%
French Except Basque4.3%
Polish4.3%
English3.7%
Czech2.4%
Italian1.8%
Scottish1.4%
Dutch1.3%
Canadian1.3%
African1.1%
Russian0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Icelander0.8%
Finnish0.6%
Ukrainian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
Somali0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Arab0.2%
West Indian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Grand Forks Almanac

CategoryValue
County Grand Forks County
Standard Zip Codes58201, 58202, 58203, 58204, 58205
P.O. Box Zip Codes58206, 58208
Company Zip Codes58207
Phone Area Codes701
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude47.91
Approximate Longitude-97.07

Grand Forks Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGRAND FORKS UNIV NWS
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp-4 to 15 F
Apr Temp31 to 53 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 55 F
Annual Precip19.3 inches
StationGRAND FORKS INTL AP
Distance7.2 miles
Jan Temp-4 to 15 F
Apr Temp31 to 54 F
Jul Temp57 to 82 F
Oct Temp33 to 56 F
Annual Precip19.6 inches
StationCROOKSTON NW EXP STN
Distance21.9 miles
Jan Temp-7 to 14 F
Apr Temp31 to 52 F
Jul Temp58 to 82 F
Oct Temp33 to 55 F
Annual Precip20.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buxton430$88,438
Emerado391$48,750
Manvel390$78,750
Reynolds314$74,583
Thompson1,196$91,563

Grand Forks Public Libraries

Grand Forks Public Library
2110 LIBRARY CIRCLE
Grand Forks, North Dakota
(701) 772-8116

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Grand Forks Hospitals

Altru Hospital
(Non-profit)
1200 S Columbia Rd
(701) 780-5000
Richard P. Stadter Psychiatric Center
(Proprietary)
1451 44th Ave S
(701) 775-2500
Altru Rehabilitation Center
(Non-profit)
1300 S Columbia Rd
(701) 780-5000

Grand Forks Public Schools

Ben Franklin Elementary School
1016 S 20th St
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2250
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Century Elementary School
3351 17th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2440
Primary
Total Enrollment 657
Grand Forks Area Career & Tech Center
2400 47th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 787-4872
Grand Forks Spec Ed Unit
2400 47th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2230
J Nelson Kelly Elementary School
3000 Cherry St
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2265
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Lewis And Clark Elementary School
1100 13th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2285
Primary
Total Enrollment 215
Phoenix Elementary School
351 4th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2240
Primary
Total Enrollment 267
Red River High School
2211 17th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2400
High
Total Enrollment 1177
Schroeder Middle School
800 32nd Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2330
Middle
Total Enrollment 490
South Middle School
1999 47th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2345
Middle
Total Enrollment 572
Viking Elementary School
809 22nd Ave S
ZIP: 58201
(701) 746-2300
Primary
Total Enrollment 342
Central High School
115 N 4th St
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2375
High
Total Enrollment 949
Community Alternative High School
500 Stanford Rd Ste B
ZIP: 58203
(701) 795-2777
High
Total Enrollment 76
Lake Agassiz Elementary School
605 Stanford Rd
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2275
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
School For The Blind
500 Stanford Rd
ZIP: 58203
(701) 795-2700
Valley Middle School
2100 5th Ave N
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2360
Middle
Total Enrollment 374
West Elementary School
615 N 25th St
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2310
Primary
Total Enrollment 183
Wilder Elementary School
1009 N 3rd St
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2320
Primary
Total Enrollment 129
Winship Elementary School
1412 5th Ave N
ZIP: 58203
(701) 746-2325
Primary
Total Enrollment 217

Grand Forks Private Schools

Holy Family School
1001 17th Ave S
ZIP: 58201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Prairie Voyager Sda School
3610 Cherry St
ZIP: 58201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
St Michael's School
504 5th Ave N
ZIP: 58203
Elementary
Total Enrollment 89
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