Fargo, North Dakota Population 2022

130,078
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Fargo is a city located in Cass County North Dakota. Fargo has a 2020 population of 130,078. Fargo is currently growing at a rate of 1.60% annually and its population has increased by 3.24% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 125,990 in 2010.

The average household income in Fargo is $78,237 with a poverty rate of 13.21%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $821 per month, and the median house value is $225,500. The median age in Fargo is 31 years, 30.4 years for males, and 31.9 years for females.

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 Fargowas:

  • White: 83.13%
  • Black or African American: 7.84%
  • Asian: 4.16%
  • Two or more races: 3.12%
  • Native American: 1.18%
  • Other race: 0.54%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Fargo, North Dakota is 130,078 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 125,990.

Fargo, North Dakota Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

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

Fargo Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White102,70283.13%
Black or African American9,6907.84%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4611.18%
Asian5,1444.16%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander390.03%
Some Other Race6650.54%
Two or More Races3,8493.12%
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Fargo Population by Race

Fargo Population Pyramid 2022

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Fargo Median Age

31.4


Total

30.9


Male

32.1


Female

Fargo Adults

There are 98,910 adults, (15,843 of whom are seniors) in Fargo.

Fargo Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

19.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Fargo Sex Ratio

Female

61,280

49.60%

Male

62,270

50.40%

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%
All44.4%55.6%
Male32.5%67.5%
Female31.9%68.1%
Non Family26%74%

44.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fargo Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All55,4782.1444.4
Married21,5072.9871.7
Male1,9992.532.5
Female4,1413.131.9
Non Family27,8311.3226

2.91

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 Grade1,9132.46%
9th to 12th Grade2,3132.97%
High School Graduate15,02319.30%
Some College15,55219.98%
Associates Degree11,23814.43%
Bachelors Degree21,61127.76%
Graduate Degree10,20613.11%
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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
Asian2,9372,2781,535
White66,05363,60628,480
2+ Races1,6141,490486
Black5,0994,223941
Native American787757126
Hispanic1,7191,601251
Other Race32930921
Islander3434

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 52.26%.

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$41,245$43,779$38,660
Less Than 9th Grade$25,021$27,025$19,775
High School Graduate$30,824$35,071$24,236
Some College$37,341$42,448$33,710
Bachelors Degree$50,231$53,476$46,319
Graduate Degree$61,035$69,153$58,372

$41,245

Average Earnings

$43,779

Average Male

$38,660

Average Female

Fargo Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fargo Language by Age

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Fargo Language

90.09% of Fargo residents speak only English, while 9.91% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 3.49% of the population.

Fargo Language

Fargo Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black9,5613,25534.04%
Native1,40045432.43%
Asian5,0771,34926.57%
Hispanic3,80649312.95%
White96,5369,72610.07%
Other57NaN%
Multiple3,73964117.14%

13.21%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.71%

Male Poverty Rate

13.70%

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 Multiple, with 17.14% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.00%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.19%.

Fargo Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.47%
High School13.99%
Some College7.49%
Bachelors or Greater3.96%

Fargo Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed8.29%
Male Unemployed40.94%
Female Employed10.32%
Female Unemployed28.17%

Fargo Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fargo Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,520$78,742
Families$81,873$105,333
Married Families$100,266-
Non Families$39,861$50,625
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Income by Household Type

Fargo Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.5%

Male Marriage Rate

45.6%

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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6,729

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,585
First Gulf War1,094
Vietnam2,657
Korea422
World War II196

Fargo Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34841
35 to 541,486
55 to 641,004
65 to 741,846
75+1,552

Fargo Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,4147.59%
Black460.72%
Native American19720.14%
Asian240.60%
Other Race286.31%
2+ Races201.00%
Hispanic1074.72%

Fargo Veterans by Race

Fargo Veterans by Education

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6.56%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fargo Veterans by Education

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75.1%

Labor Force Participation

71.7%

Employment Rate

3.9%

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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49.41%

Born in Fargo

90.08%

Native Born

9.92%

Foreign Born

6.10%

Non Citizen

3.82%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.08% of Fargo residents were born in the United States, with 49.41% having been born in North Dakota. 6.10% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Africa.

Fargo Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18802,6930.00%
18905,6642,9717.72%
19009,5893,9255.41%
191014,3314,7424.10%
192021,9617,6304.36%
193028,6196,6582.68%
194032,5803,9611.30%
195038,2565,6761.62%
196046,6628,4062.01%
197053,3656,7031.35%
198061,3838,0181.41%
199074,11112,7281.90%
200090,59916,4882.03%
2010105,54914,9501.54%
2011107,5932,0441.94%
2012109,6372,0441.90%
2013111,6812,0441.86%
2014113,7252,0441.83%
2015115,7692,0441.80%
2016117,8132,0441.77%
2017119,8572,0441.73%
2018121,9012,0441.71%
2019123,9452,0441.68%
2020125,9902,0451.65%
2021128,0342,0441.62%
2022130,0782,0441.60%

Fargo Population by Year