Fargo Population 2017

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 Change
2015 118,523 12.30%
2010 105,549 16.50%
2000 90,599 22.20%
1990 74,111 20.70%
1980 61,383 15.00%
1970 53,365 14.40%
1960 46,662 22.00%
1950 38,256 17.40%
1940 32,580 13.80%
1930 28,619 30.30%
1920 21,961 53.20%
1910 14,331 49.50%
1900 9,589 69.30%
1890 5,664 110.30%
1880 2,693 0.00%

Fargo Population in 2017 Source: Tim Kiser (w:User:Malepheasant)

Fargo Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 98,724 89.16%
Black or African American 3,452 3.12%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1,522 1.37%
Asian 3,427 3.10%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 6 0.01%
Some Other Race 807 0.73%
Two or More Races 2,787 2.52%

Population Pyramid

Fargo Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 53,410
Owner-Occupied Units 21,908
Renter-Occupied Units 28,054
Median Home Value $168,600
Median Rent $709
Vacancy Rate 6.5%
Houses With Mortgage 15,050
Houses Without Mortgage 6,858
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 4.7

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Fargo for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 2.8% and the labor force participation rate is 74.8%.

Fargo Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.17
Average Family Size 2.92
Married Couple Families 18,143
Male Householder (no wife) Families 2,079
Female Householder (no husband) Families 4,336
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 8.4%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 0.5%