Fargo, North Dakota Population 2018

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 has 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 Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Fargo was 90% white, 3% Asian, 2.7% African American, 1.4% Native American, and 2.1% two or more races. Hispanic and Latino people of any race account for 2.2% of Fargo's population. 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 population as the largest Asian American group, followed by Indians, Vietnamese, Koreans, and Filipinos. Hispanics and Latinos are the largest 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 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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017122,3592,0031.66%
2016120,3562,2091.87%
2015118,1472,3442.02%
2014115,8031,9861.74%
2013113,8173,5803.25%
2012110,2372,5342.35%
2011107,7031,7681.67%
2010105,93515,3361.58%
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%

Fargo Population in 2018Source: By Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White100,963
Black or African American5,344
Asian3,981
Two or More Races3,473
American Indian and Alaska Native1,397
Some Other Race784
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander8

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fargo Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15% Male Population0%5%10%15% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fargo Median Age

30.5


Total

29.7


Male

31.3


Female

Fargo Adults

There are 92,876 adults, (12,639 of which are seniors) in Fargo.

Fargo Age Dependency

44.6

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Fargo Sex Ratio

Female

57,475

49.57%

Male

58,475

50.43%

Fargo Households and Families

Fargo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fargo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.5%26.5%
All43.1%56.9%
Male40.5%59.5%
Female30.6%69.4%
Non Family24.1%75.9%

43.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fargo Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All51,3542.1643.1
Non Family26,1161.3524.1
Married18,4922.9873.5
Female4,5743.0730.6
Male2,1723.0740.5

2.92

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

8.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fargo Households

Fargo Education

Fargo Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,0572.92%
9th to 12th Grade2,2133.14%
High School Graduate14,64820.77%
Some College15,04721.34%
Associates Degree9,58313.59%
Bachelors Degree18,68726.50%
Graduate Degree8,27811.74%

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White62,25959,39624,681
Black2,5132,118498
Asian2,2911,6651,045
Hispanic1,4961,194247
Multiple Races1,3741,247336
Native American882770163
Other Race46641391

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.40%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 45.61%.

Fargo Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,526$41,785$31,748
Less Than High School$19,504$26,154$12,447
High School Grad$28,414$31,503$24,756
Some College$34,280$41,231$30,112
Bachelors Degree$41,003$49,859$36,032
Graduate Degree$66,737$81,657$55,556

$36,526

Average Earnings

$41,785

Average Male

$31,748

Average Female

Fargo Language

Fargo Language by Age

Fargo Language

90.57% of Fargo residents speak only English, while 9.43% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is OtherIndoEuro, which is spoken by 4.28% of the population.

Fargo Poverty

Fargo Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White95,04011,01911.59%
Black5,1882,40146.28%
Hispanic3,3921,00229.54%
Asian3,89489422.96%
Multiple3,36470320.90%
Native1,34765148.33%
Other7379512.89%

14.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.19%

Male Poverty Rate

14.99%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fargo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Native, with 48.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fargo is White, with 11.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 27.20%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.21%.

Fargo Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School26.91%
High School13.75%
Some College8.97%
Bachelors or Greater4.81%

Fargo Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Male Unemployed30.76%
Female Unemployed28.51%
Female Employed11.72%
Male Employed9.56%

Fargo Income

Fargo Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,060$68,639
Families$70,075$91,572
Married Families$83,540$107,290
Non Families$32,667$44,513

Fargo Marital Status

Fargo Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.7%

Male Marriage Rate

41.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Fargo Married by Age and Sex

Fargo Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Fargo Marital Status by Race

Fargo Veterans

Fargo Veterans by War

5,957

Number of Veterans

5,438

Male Veterans

519

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,873
Second Gulf War1,279
First Gulf War1,070
Korea670
World War II256

Fargo Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 541,628
75+1,280
65 to 741,117
55 to 641,095
18 to 34837

Fargo Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,4836.64%
Black1584.85%
2 or More1457.24%
Indian1039.88%
Hispanic683.21%
Asian431.38%
Other253.92%

Fargo Veterans by Education

10.65%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.66%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fargo Employment Status

Fargo Employment by Age

74.4%

Labor Force Participation

71.5%

Employment Rate

3.6%

Unemployment Rate

Fargo Employment by Race

Fargo Employment by Education

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

52.36%

Born in North Dakota

92.10%

Native Born

7.90%

Foreign Born

4.75%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.10% of Fargo residents were born in the United States, with 52.36% having been born in North Dakota. 4.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.