Fargo, North Dakota Population 2020

129,530

Fargo is a city located in Cass County, North Dakota. With a 2020 population of 129,530, it is the largest city in North Dakota and the 217th largest city in the United States. Fargo is currently growing at a rate of 1.84% annually and its population has increased by 22.72% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 105,549 in 2010. Spanning over 50 miles, Fargo has a population density of 2,604 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fargo is $76,065 with a poverty rate of 13.00%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $796 per month, and the median house value is $199,700. The median age in Fargo is 30.4 years, 29.9 years for males, and 31.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 102.2 males.

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: 85.29%
  • Black or African American: 6.15%
  • Asian: 3.80%
  • Two or more races: 3.01%
  • Native American: 1.17%
  • Other race: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Fargo, North Dakota is 129,530, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 124,844. The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 105,549.
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020253,1753,8521.52%
2019249,3233,8521.54%
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 Percentage
White102,52185.29%
Black or African American7,3916.15%
Asian4,5713.80%
Two or More Races3,6223.01%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,4051.17%
Some Other Race6670.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander320.03%

Fargo Population Pyramid 2020

Fargo Median Age

30.4


Total

29.9


Male

31.1


Female

Fargo Adults

There are 95,921 adults, (13,640 of whom are seniors) in Fargo.

Fargo Age Dependency

46.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Fargo Sex Ratio

Female

59,439

49.45%

Male

60,770

50.55%

Fargo Households and Families

Fargo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fargo Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.2%26.8%
All44.2%55.8%
Male37.2%62.8%
Female30.4%69.6%
Non Family25.8%74.2%

44.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All53,3592.1644.2
Non Family26,8961.3425.8
Married19,7532.9873.2
Female4,5793.0230.4
Male2,1312.9837.2

2.9

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

9.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fargo Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,2423.03%
9th to 12th Grade2,2453.03%
High School Graduate14,87620.07%
Some College14,72619.87%
Associates Degree10,73414.48%
Bachelors Degree20,62127.83%
Graduate Degree8,66311.69%

Fargo Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White64,01761,33226,181
Black3,9213,151878
Asian2,7092,0731,385
Hispanic1,4531,190252
Multiple Races1,3801,182422
Native American818786183
Other Race31826069
Islander3232

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 51.13%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,646$44,389$34,938
Less Than High School$20,735$30,849$17,506
High School Grad$30,517$35,221$26,020
Some College$36,250$42,968$31,094
Bachelors Degree$45,191$53,049$40,429
Graduate Degree$67,522$83,286$58,051

$39,646

Average Earnings

$44,389

Average Male

$34,938

Average Female

Fargo Language

Fargo Language by Age

Fargo Language

90.25% of Fargo residents speak only English, while 9.75% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 4.13% of the population.

Fargo Poverty

Fargo Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White96,49210,17210.54%
Black7,2292,39933.19%
Asian4,46987219.51%
Multiple3,49983523.86%
Hispanic3,30271921.77%
Native1,34538028.25%
Other602132.16%

13.00%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.94%

Male Poverty Rate

13.05%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fargo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Black, with 33.19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fargo is Other, with 2.16% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.25%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.53%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School24.34%
High School12.56%
Some College8.40%
Bachelors or Greater3.80%
Name Poverty
Male Unemployed39.08%
Female Unemployed30.22%
Female Employed10.44%
Male Employed7.82%

Fargo Income

Fargo Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$53,309$76,065
Families$76,395$102,491
Married Families$90,276-
Non Families$35,412$47,736

Fargo Marital Status

Fargo Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.4%

Male Marriage Rate

43.1%

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 35-44.

Fargo Marital Status by Race

Fargo Veterans

6,282

Number of Veterans

5,748

Male Veterans

534

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,986
First Gulf War1,365
Second Gulf War1,320
Korea511
World War II226
Age Group Veterans
35 to 541,752
65 to 741,387
75+1,266
55 to 641,039
18 to 34838
Name Veterans % of Total
White5,8897.03%
Hispanic1557.66%
Indian14614.94%
Black1112.30%
2 or More985.11%
Other234.97%
Asian150.41%

$Fargo Veterans by Education

9.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.05%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fargo Employment Status

75.4%

Labor Force Participation

72.5%

Employment Rate

3.5%

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

51.07%

Born in North Dakota

91.24%

Native Born

8.76%

Foreign Born

5.37%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

91.24% of Fargo residents were born in the United States, with 51.07% having been born in North Dakota. 5.37% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020129,5302,3431.84%
2019127,1872,3431.88%
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%