Fargo, North Dakota Population 2019

Fargo is the county seat of Cass County, North Dakota and the largest city in the state, accounting for almost 16% of North Dakota's population. In 2015, Fargo had an estimated population of 115,800.

Fargo -- along with Moorhead, Minnesota; West Fargo, North Dakota, and Dilworth, Minnesota -- make up the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, which has a population of 229,000.

Fargo Diversity

The average age in Fargo is 30 years with 19% of people under the age of 18. About 16% of people in Fargo live below the poverty line. The Fargo-Moorhead metro area is even less diverse with a white population of more than 93%.

The Asian population in the Fargo metro area is somewhat diverse. People of Chinese descent account for 0.5% of the community as the largest Asian American group, followed by Indians, Vietnamese, Koreans, and Filipinos. Hispanics and Latinos are the most significant minority in the metropolitan area at 2.5% of the population, of which most are Mexican with small groups of Puerto Ricans and Cubans.

North Dakota as a whole has one of the least diverse populations among U.S. states. Black, Hispanic, and Asian people each account for less than 2% of the population while Native Americans represent the largest minority at 5.4% of North Dakota's population.

The most common ancestry groups in Fargo include German (41%), Norwegian (36%), Irish (9%), Swedish (6.5%), English (5%), French (4.7%), and Italian (3.5%).

Fargo Population Growth

Forbes recently ranked Fargo as the 4th fastest-growing small city in the country with a population growth of almost 28% between 2000 and 2013 and job growth of more than 28% between 2001 and 2014.

In 2011, North Dakota had the country's lowest unemployment rate following a decade of prosperity. Fargo hit a record high of 105,550 people in 2011, while its neighbor, West Fargo, reached 25,800 people. Fargo continues its steady growth because the housing boom (and bust) missed it completely.

Fargo and North Dakota as a whole have trouble attracting new residents in large part due to the area's extreme temperatures, with average temperatures in January below zero. The state often hosts job fairs in other states to match people with jobs in the region.

Fargo, North Dakota's estimated population is 124,844 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Fargo, North Dakota is the 1st largest city in North Dakota based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 2508.75 people/mi² (968.63 people/km²).

The overall median age is 30.3 years, 29.6 years for males, and 31.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 102.5 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 56,719 households in the city, with an average size of 2.14 people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.9%, with a median rent of $765/month. The median house has 4.8 rooms, and has a value of $190,200.

The median income for households in Fargo, North Dakota is $50,561, while the mean household income is $71,030.

Fargo Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fargo was:

  • White: 86.23%
  • Black or African American: 5.50%
  • Asian: 3.64%
  • Two or more races: 2.90%
  • Native American: 1.11%
  • Other race: 0.58%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
LatLng(46.8772, -96.7898)
Rank in State1st
StateNorth Dakota
CountyCass County
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Land Area (km²)128.89 (49.76 mi²)
Water Area (km²)0.00 (0.00 mi²)
TypeCity
GEOID3825700
Density (km²)968.63
Density (mi²)2,508.75
Area Code(s)701
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018124,8442,3751.94%
2017122,4692,3431.95%
2016120,1262,0991.78%
2015118,0272,3792.06%
2014115,6481,9721.73%
2013113,6762,8552.58%
2012110,8212,7172.51%
2011108,1042,0961.98%
2010106,00815,4091.58%
200090,59916,4882.03%
199074,11112,7281.90%
198061,3838,0181.41%
197053,3656,7031.35%
196046,6628,4062.01%
195038,2565,6761.62%
194032,5803,9611.30%
193028,6196,6582.68%
192021,9617,6304.36%
191014,3314,7424.10%
19009,5893,9255.41%
18905,6642,9717.72%
18802,6930.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018245,4713,8521.57%
2017241,6194,3651.81%
2016237,2544,3741.84%
2015232,8805,0892.19%
2014227,7914,4371.95%
2013223,3545,7622.58%
2012217,5924,3952.02%
2011213,1973,7471.76%
2010209,4500.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White101,839
Black or African American6,500
Asian4,296
Two or More Races3,423
American Indian and Alaska Native1,306
Some Other Race686
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander49

Fargo Population Pyramid 2019

Fargo Median Age

30.3


Total

29.6


Male

31.1


Female

Fargo Adults

There are 94,360 adults, (13,095 of whom are seniors) in Fargo.

Fargo Age Dependency

45.3

Age Dependency Ratio

16.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Fargo Sex Ratio

Female

58,322

49.38%

Male

59,777

50.62%

Fargo Households and Families

Fargo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fargo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72%28%
All43.4%56.6%
Male41.6%58.4%
Female30.1%69.9%
Non Family25.1%74.9%

43.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All52,7512.1443.4
Non Family26,7371.3425.1
Married19,2242.9872
Female4,5813.0430.1
Male2,2092.7741.6

2.89

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

8.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fargo Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0572.86%
9th to 12th Grade2,4123.35%
High School Graduate14,59120.28%
Some College14,69520.43%
Associates Degree10,28914.30%
Bachelors Degree19,71727.41%
Graduate Degree8,17911.37%

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White63,06960,26925,342
Black3,2982,620611
Asian2,4781,8351,246
Multiple Races1,3161,173373
Hispanic1,255985250
Native American681656109
Other Race31724054
Islander4444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 50.28%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,139$42,451$32,597
Less Than High School$20,935$30,054$14,221
High School Grad$30,012$32,092$25,549
Some College$35,126$41,959$30,874
Bachelors Degree$41,819$51,008$36,994
Graduate Degree$62,471$79,297$54,483

$37,139

Average Earnings

$42,451

Average Male

$32,597

Average Female

Fargo Language

Fargo Language by Age

Fargo Language

90.61% of Fargo residents speak only English, while 9.39% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.99% of the population.

Fargo Poverty

Fargo Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White95,70910,80211.29%
Black6,3312,25435.60%
Asian4,18088721.22%
Hispanic3,25585726.33%
Multiple3,30575022.69%
Native1,25355143.97%
Other638253.92%

13.89%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.52%

Male Poverty Rate

14.28%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fargo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Native, with 43.97% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Other, with 3.92% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.94%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.50%
High School13.43%
Some College8.69%
Bachelors or Greater4.00%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed38.55%
Female Unemployed22.47%
Female Employed11.41%
Male Employed9.12%

Fargo Income

Fargo Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,561$71,030
Families$71,797$94,338
Married Families$83,399-
Non Families$33,056$46,244

Fargo Marital Status

Fargo Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Fargo Married by Age and Sex

Fargo Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Fargo Marital Status by Race

Fargo Veterans

5,984

Number of Veterans

5,483

Male Veterans

501

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,917
Second Gulf War1,353
First Gulf War1,066
Korea610
World War II215
Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,549
75+1,280
65 to 741,171
55 to 641,042
18 to 34942

Fargo Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,5226.63%
2 or More1689.25%
Indian13714.53%
Black1273.08%
Hispanic663.45%
Other224.55%
Asian80.24%

Fargo Veterans by Education

9.71%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.52%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fargo Employment Status

75%

Labor Force Participation

72.4%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Fargo Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

51.56%

Born in North Dakota

91.78%

Native Born

8.22%

Foreign Born

5.09%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.78% of Fargo residents were born in the United States, with 51.56% having been born in North Dakota. 5.09% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.