Fargo city, North Dakota

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Fargo city, North Dakota

Fargo city, North Dakota
- Total:105.549 (2010)
- Density:2.111,0/sq mi (831,1/sq km)
Area code(s):701
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
- Total:50 sq mi (127 sq km)
- Land:50 sq mi (127 sq km)

Quick information summary of the Fargo city area.

Fargo city is located in the state of North Dakota. It occupies the area of 50 square miles. 0 square miles are water areas and 50 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Fargo city lies at +46.8652063, -096.8290052 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 105.549 living in the Fargo city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (90.2%), Asian (2.97%) and Black or African American (2.7%). Median age is 30 for the males and 31 for the females.

Fargo is the largest city in North Dakota. The population of Fargo accounts for over 15 percent of the state’s entire population. The city was founded in 1871, and it is the crossroads and economic center of southeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

It is the hub of the region, not only economically, but also culturally, educationally, and in terms of industry, retail and health care as well.

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Statistical data for the Fargo city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
95,20590.20 %
Black or African American alone
2,8522.70 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4521.38 %
Asian alone
3,1372.97 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
440.04 %
Some Other Race alone
6530.62 %
Two or More races
2,2062.09 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Fargo city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Fargo city part within the Subdivision
Cass County 149.778- Fargo city part105.549
Fargo city 105.549- Fargo city part105.549

Profile of the Fargo city

History of Fargo

The area that is Fargo today was a stopping point for steamboats in the late 1800s, during which time the city was referred to as Centralia. It got its name from Wells Fargo Express Company founder William Fargo, who was also the director of the Northern Pacific Railway. Fargo was important to the area because the city really started to flourish once the Northern Pacific Railway arrived. Once the railroad arrived to the city, Fargo became known as the “Gateway to the West.”

Another interesting fact about Fargo is that it was referred to in the 1880s as the “divorce capital” of the country because it had very lenient laws regarding divorce at the time.

Another major event in the city’s history occurred in 1893, when there was a huge fire in the city. It started from ashes being emptied behind a grocery store on a windy day and escalated into a fire that destroyed 31 blocks of the city’s downtown area.

The fire, however, did not trouble Fargo that much. Within a year, the entire city was rebuilt, this time with brick buildings, new streets and a new water system. Within only one hear, some 250 buildings were built after the fire.

The automobile industry flourished in Fargo at the beginning of the 20th century. The city was home to the Pence Automobile Company. The boom in industry continued after World War II and the city continued to grow. Not even a devastating tornado in 1957 could stop the city’s population from growing.


In recent history, the retail districts of the city have grown a lot thanks to many investments by the city and private developers that focused on the downtown area of Fargo.

The economy of the Fargo area has historically been dependent on agriculture, but this has changed in more modern times. Some of the most successful industries in the city include food processing, manufacturing, retail trade, higher education, and healthcare. Fargo was ranked the 7th best small city in the nation to start a business or a career by Forbes magazine.

The economy and employment are both strong in Fargo as well. Since the late 1990s, the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States.

It also has institutions of higher learning, the largest one being North Dakota State University.

Pop Culture

Fargo also has a place in pop culture thanks to the award-winning movie from 1996 that was named after the city. Even though the film was named after the city, it was not shot in Fargo and the city is only seen once and mentioned twice in the movie. Most of the movie was filmed in Minnesota. However, the directors lived the sound of “Fargo” better than the name of the city in which the movie was shot, which was Brainerd, Minnesota. However, the largest portion of the film was actually shot in Minneapolis. The movie also won an Academy Award in 1996.

Statistical data for the Fargo city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
95,20590.20 %
Black or African American alone
2,8522.70 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,4521.38 %
Asian alone
3,1372.97 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
440.04 %
Some Other Race alone
6530.62 %
Two or More races
2,2062.09 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
103,24197.81 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,3082.19 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
103,24197.81 %
White alone
93,88990.94 %
Black or African American alone
2,8092.72 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,3261.28 %
Asian alone
3,1323.03 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
410.04 %
Some Other Race alone
1100.11 %
Two or More races
1,9341.87 %
Hispanic or Latino
2,3082.19 %
White alone
1,31657.02 %
Black or African American alone
431.86 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1265.46 %
Asian alone
50.22 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
30.13 %
Some Other Race alone
54323.53 %
Two or More races
27211.79 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
23,07549.32 %
Husband-wife family
17,21974.62 %
Other family
5,85625.38 %
Male householder, no wife present
1,82631.18 %
Female householder, no husband present
4,03068.82 %
Nonfamily households
23,71650.68 %
Householder living alone
17,13972.27 %
Householder not living alone
6,57727.73 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Fargo city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Fargo city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Fargo city center


  • West Fargo Airport [2.37 mi] [3.82 km]


  • Fargo - Moorhead Ambulance Service [0.06 mi] [0.09 km]
  • Fargo Fire Department Station 5 [0.88 mi] [1.41 km]
  • Cass County Court House [1.76 mi] [2.84 km]
  • Fargo Fire Department Headquarters [2.05 mi] [3.29 km]
  • West Fargo Fire Station [3.45 mi] [5.54 km]
  • Fargo Fire Department Station 4 [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]


  • Grace Lutheran Church [1.74 mi] [2.8 km]
  • First United Methodist Church [1.78 mi] [2.86 km]
  • First Presbyterian Church [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]


  • City of West Fargo [3.27 mi] [5.26 km]
  • City of Fargo [0.96 mi] [1.54 km]


  • Fargo 4th Street South Dam [2.5 mi] [4.02 km]


  • Saint Johns Hospital [2.11 mi] [3.39 km]


  • Southside Shopping Center [1.52 mi] [2.44 km]
  • Market Square [0.6 mi] [0.97 km]
  • West Acres Shopping Center [0.97 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Village Square [0.89 mi] [1.42 km]
  • Block Six of the Original Townsite [2.04 mi] [3.28 km]
  • Elm Tree Square [2.16 mi] [3.48 km]


  • Lindenwood Park [2.49 mi] [4 km]
  • Island Park [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Jameson Park [3.57 mi] [5.75 km]
  • Oak Grove Park [3.04 mi] [4.89 km]

Populated Place

  • South West Fargo [3.42 mi] [5.51 km]
  • West Fargo [3.44 mi] [5.53 km]
  • Fargo [2.03 mi] [3.27 km]


  • Rasmussen College - Fargo Campus [1.39 mi] [2.23 km]
  • Lewis and Clark School [1.35 mi] [2.17 km]
  • Barton School [1.91 mi] [3.07 km]
  • Eielson School [1.03 mi] [1.65 km]
  • Agassiz School [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]
  • Hawthorne School [1.93 mi] [3.11 km]
  • Saint Anthony Padua School [1.65 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Jefferson School [1.11 mi] [1.78 km]
  • Central High School [1.65 mi] [2.65 km]
  • Woodrow Wilson School [1.8 mi] [2.9 km]


  • KVNJ-TV (Fargo) [1.83 mi] [2.94 km]
  • WDAY-AM (Fargo) [2.81 mi] [4.52 km]

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City Alias ZIP Codes
FargoBank Of The West58124
FargoBlue Cross58121
FargoFargo58125, 58108, 58109, 58107, 58121, 58122, 58124, 58106, 58105, 58104, 58103, 58126, 58102
FargoNorth River58102
FargoPrairie Rose58104
FargoReiles Acres58102
FargoUs Bank58125
FargoWells Fargo58126
West FargoRiverside58078
West FargoWest Fargo58078

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