Fargo, North Dakota

Cass County


Fargo is with 105 549 inhabitants (as of 2010 ) is the largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota and county seat ( county seat ) of Cass County. It lies in the southeast of the state on the border with Minnesota. Owes its name to the city of the entrepreneur William Fargo.


The city has a total area of 98.3 km ² and is located on the Red River of the North. Opposite, on the other side of the river, lies the state of Minnesota to the protected town of Moorhead. Both cities form the core of the Fargo - Moorhead Metropolitan Area.

Other neighboring cities of Fargo are Horace ( on the southwest city limits ), West Fargo ( on the western city limits ), Harwood (16,7 km northwest ), Georgetown in Minnesota (24,3 km to the north) and Oakport in Minnesota ( on the northeast city ​​limits ).

The nearest major cities are Winnipeg in the Canadian province of Manitoba ( 359 km north ), Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior (390 km east), Minneapolis, Minnesota ( 378 km southeast), Sioux Falls, South Dakota ( 394 km south ) and North Dakota's capital city Bismarck (315 miles west).

The border with Canada is located 248 km north.


In the city of Fargo Interstate Highways 29 and 94 intersect also meet the U.S. Highways 10, 52 and 81 in Fargo together. The town is connected by several road bridges and a railway bridge to the neighboring city of Moorhead. All other roads are minor roads, some unpaved roadways and within local roads.

In Fargo is a junction of several railway lines of the BNSF Railway. About the service also tracks the Empire Builder Amtrak, the Chicago connects Seattle and Portland.

In the north of the urban area is the Hector International Airport is the largest airport of North Dakota.

There are various buses Fargo Moorhead Metro Area Transit operates public transportation in the Twin Cities Fargo - Moorhead.


According to the census in 2010 lived in Fargo 105 549 people in 46 791 households. The population density was 1073.7 people per square kilometer. In the 46 791 households lived statistically 2.15 per person.

The racial the population was composed of 90.2 percent white, 2.7 percent African American, 1.4 percent Native American, 3.0 percent Asian and 0.6 percent from other ethnic groups; 2.1 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity, 2.2 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

19.4 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 70.5 percent were between 18 and 64 and 10.1 percent were 65 years or older. 49.6 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 42,710. The per capita income was $ 28,191. 16.1 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.


In 1963, the Fargo KVLY - TV mast was built, a guyed mast for the transmission of FM and TV programs. With 629 meters, it was until the beginning of 2008, the tallest building in the world.

Also, the third highest with 628 m building in the world, in the meantime been twice renewed KXJB - TV mast is located near Fargo. He is also a guyed mast for the distribution of FM and TV programs.


In Fargo, the North Dakota State University has its headquarters


In Fargo, the Plains Art Museum, the 3000 works in its comprehensive collection places a focus on Modern, Contemporary and Native American art. The museum is one of about 750 accredited by the American Association of Museums Museums.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • David A. Aaker, economists
  • Clark Blaise, a Canadian writer
  • Paul Brandvik, composer, choir conductor and music teacher
  • Jocelyn Burdick, U.S. Senator
  • Harvey Carignan, serial killers
  • Richard Edlund, a specialist in visual effects in film
  • William Gass, novelist and professor of philosophy
  • Paul Gaustad, ice hockey player in the NHL
  • Charlie Korsmo, actor
  • Jonny Lang, musicians from the area of ​​blues and blues rock
  • Carey McWilliams, author, Sniper and parachutists
  • Collin Peterson, Congressman
  • George Sinner, 29th Governor of North Dakota
  • Leslie Stefanson, Actress
  • David Lee Thompson, sculptors, assemblage artist and poet
  • Bobby Vee, rock ' n' roll and pop singer


  • The Duke Ellington Orchestra guested on November 7, 1940 at the Crystal Ballroom in Fargo. The recordings of the concert were first published in 1978 as Duke Ellington at Fargo, 1940 Live in a Club edition.
  • Fargo is also known due to the eponymous film Fargo by Ethan and Joel Coen. In addition, the city was the final destination of Buddy Holly, he never reached by a plane crash on called The Day the Music Died.