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Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo is a city located in Cass County, North Dakota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 90,599. It is the county seat of Cass County6.


Fargo is located at 46°52'17" North, 96°48'31" West (46.871414, -96.808658)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 98.3 km² (37.9 mi²). 98.3 km² (37.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 90,599 people, 39,268 households, and 20,733 families residing in the city. The population density is 922.0/km² (2,388.2/mi²). There are 41,200 housing units at an average density of 419.3/km² (1,086.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 94.17% White, 1.02% African American, 1.24% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. 1.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 39,268 households out of which 26.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% are married couples living together, 7.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% are non-families. 34.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.20 and the average family size is 2.91.

In the city the population is spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 19.2% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $35,510, and the median income for a family is $50,486. Males have a median income of $31,968 versus $22,264 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,101. 11.8% of the population and 6.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 10.8% are under the age of 18 and 7.5% are 65 or older.

The city of Fargo lent its name to the movie Fargo (1996), even though it is only mentioned briefly at the beginning, and the rest of the film mainly takes place in Minnesota.

See also: Hector International Airport