Fargo, North Dakota Population 2021

125,804
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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.

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 Demographics

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

  • White: 84.63%
  • Black or African American: 7.04%
  • Asian: 3.46%
  • Two or more races: 3.14%
  • Native American: 1.24%
  • Other race: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Fargo, North Dakota is 125,804based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 124,091.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 105,549.

Fargo, North Dakota Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021249,8131,8340.73%
2020247,9791,8340.74%
2019246,1451,8340.75%
2018244,3112,8001.15%
2017241,5114,2671.77%
2016237,2444,3531.83%
2015232,8915,1012.19%
2014227,7904,4301.94%
2013223,3605,7502.57%
2012217,6104,3882.02%
2011213,2223,7671.77%
2010209,4550.00%

Fargo Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White103,15284.63%
Black or African American8,5877.04%
Asian4,2193.46%
Two or More Races3,8263.14%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,5071.24%
Some Other Race5720.47%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander260.02%
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Fargo Population By Race

Fargo Population Pyramid 2021

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Fargo Median Age

31


Total

30.4


Male

31.9


Female

Fargo Adults

There are 97,456 adults, (14,509 of whom are seniors) in Fargo.

Fargo Age Dependency

46.9

Age Dependency Ratio

17.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fargo Sex Ratio

Mujer

59,901

49.14%

Masculino

61,988

50.86%

Fargo Population by Age

Fargo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fargo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.7%28.3%
All43.6%56.4%
Masculino41.1%58.9%
Mujer31.6%68.4%
Non Family25.1%74.9%

43.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fargo Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All54,5712.1443.6
Non Family27,4601.3425.1
Married20,3212.9671.7
Mujer4,605331.6
Masculino2,1852.9341.1

2.89

Average Family Size

2.14

Average Household Size

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Fargo Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,1922.88%
9th to 12th Grade2,1682.85%
High School Graduate15,88220.89%
Some College14,89519.59%
Associates Degree10,50313.81%
Bachelors Degree21,31428.03%
Graduate Degree9,07711.94%
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Fargo Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White65,03462,52227,299
Black4,5693,740925
Asian2,4371,7501,136
2+ Races1,6481,446500
Hispanic1,6351,505347
Native American931897208
Other Race31429979
Islander2626

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 46.61%.

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Masculino Mujer
Overall$41,018$45,483$36,503
Less Than 9th Grade$21,832$30,119$18,083
High School Graduate$29,691$34,293$24,768
Some College$36,916$43,531$31,513
Bachelors Degree$50,413$54,232$44,595
Graduate Degree$64,309$83,601$57,110

$41,018

Average Earnings

$45,483

Average Male

$36,503

Average Female

Fargo Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fargo Language by Age

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Fargo Language

90.83% of Fargo residents speak only English, while 9.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.68% of the population.

Fargo Language

Fargo Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White96,89610,11210.44%
Black8,4522,87734.04%
Asian4,11793922.81%
Multiple3,72686823.30%
Hispanic3,50964318.32%
Native1,44633323.03%
Other496408.06%

13.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.08%

Male Poverty Rate

13.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fargo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Black, with 34.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Other, with 8.06% 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 25.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.42%.

Fargo Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade27.59%
High School15.07%
Some College7.67%
Bachelors or Greater3.29%

Fargo Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed42.41%
Female Unemployed25.41%
Female Employed10.70%
Male Employed8.36%

Fargo Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fargo Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,551$78,237
Families$79,768$105,785
Married Families$96,020-
Non Families$37,481$48,995
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Income by Household Type

Fargo Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.6%

Male Marriage Rate

44.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Fargo Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

Fargo Marital Status by Race

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Fargo Marital Status

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6,438

Number of Veterans

5,926

Male Veterans

512

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,105
Second Gulf War1,515
First Gulf War1,312
Korea488
World War II229

Fargo Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,776
65 to 741,560
75+1,278
55 to 64918
18 to 34906

Fargo Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,9417.02%
Native American22220.65%
Hispanic1677.66%
Black1302.33%
2+ Races1035.05%
Other Race255.90%
Asian170.50%

Fargo Veterans by Race

Fargo Veterans by Education

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8.88%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fargo Veterans by Education

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75.5%

Labor Force Participation

72.8%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

Fargo Employment by Age

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Fargo Employment by Race

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Fargo Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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50.57%

Born in Fargo

90.98%

Native Born

9.02%

Foreign Born

5.63%

Non Citizen

3.39%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.98% of Fargo residents were born in the United States, with 50.57% having been born in North Dakota. 5.63% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Fargo Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021125,8045710.46%
2020125,2335710.46%
2019124,6625710.46%
2018124,0911,6711.36%
2017122,4202,2711.89%
2016120,1492,0561.74%
2015118,0932,3782.06%
2014115,7151,9761.74%
2013113,7392,8582.58%
2012110,8812,7392.53%
2011108,1422,1172.00%
2010106,02515,4261.58%
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 by Year