Welcome to Fargo Moorhead West Fargo! You’re going to like it here. Our high standard of living at a low cost, with amenities aplenty and countless options to get involved, sets us apart. We’re a community on the grow, and for good reason.
Settle in and see for yourself why so many of us proclaim #ilovefargo and #moorheadproud.
The information here is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to showing a visitor everything FMWF has to offer. We're fortunate to have the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau, which dives even deeper into the profile of this vibrant, lively place to visit. Visit them online at fargomoorhead.org or call 800.235.7654 or 701.282.3653.
Cost of living
The Cost of Living Index estimates the relative price levels for consumer goods and services. When applied to wages and salaries, the result is a measure of relative purchasing power. The cost of living is 0.1% higher in Fargo, ND-MN MSA than the U.S. average.
The metro here includes Clay County in Minnesota and Cass County in North Dakota. Within the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, there are over 50 unique neighborhoods! Whether you prefer quiet country life, an established neighborhood on the north side, the bustle of downtown or the boom of our many evolving spots to the south, you’re never far from friendly neighbors and easy access to experience all there is to offer here.
Total regional employment: 152,829
As of 2019, the population increased by 9.6% since 2014, growing by 21,957. It is expected to increase by 6.1% between 2019 and 2024.
Median age: 32
Black or African American: 3.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1%
Two or more Races: 2.6%
Hispanic or Latino: 3.0%
Bachelor’s degree or higher education: 38.9% (compared to 31.8% in the nation)
Median household income: $59.1K
Median house value: $176,900
Civilian labor force: 134,359 with a participation rate of 74%
16.9 minutes mean commute time (compared to 26 minutes nationally)
*Source: Emsi, 2019, via Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
We have a strong housing market with plenty of options, whether you’re looking for a trendy apartment, downtown condo, comfortable family house or even a lake place. And, if you’re ready to buy, there are many programs out there to help with your housing needs. Area cities offer tax incentives on new construction that offer significant savings. For more information, please contact your city auditor’s office.
Total housing units: 103,482 (was 100,451)
Median house value: $190,676
Renter-occupied housing units (% of occupied units): 43.8%
Rental vacancy: 5.2%
Homeowner vacancy: 0.9%
Number of residential homes on the market: 1,055
Median price of homes, year-to-date:
Single family: $259,900
Source: Fargo Moorhead Area Association of REALTORS®, Nov. 20, 2019
Average days on the market: 61
Average sales price $233,669
* Fargo Moorhead Area Association of Realtors via, Beyond Realty, March-August 2019 snapshot, Single family homes, townhomes/condos, twinhomes
Health & wellness
Our region offers many options for maintaining a good quality of life. We offer a vibrant parks system (including five dog parks!), numerous gyms, recreation facilities and outdoor activities, and our area medical centers continue to expand their offerings. In fact, Sanford Medical Center Fargo recently became a Level I Adult Trauma Center, making Fargo the only city with this designation between Minneapolis, Seattle, Denver and Omaha.
Getting around the metro is a breeze! Our short commute time (16.7 minutes, on average!) and easy-to-navigate roads help make travel accessible for all any time of day.
Need a ride?
Uber and Lyft both operate in town for a ride-sharing app option, and several taxicab companies and limo services are available. MATBUS operates over 20 fixed routes in the metro. Route and program information is available on their website or app. Bus service outside the metro is available through Jefferson Lines with access to various states across America. Hop on the rails with Amtrak and head East or West from the downtown Fargo depot.
Hector International Airport offers robust and reliable air service options to fly in and out of Fargo. Five airlines offer non-stop service to nine cities, and seven car rental companies are on-site. Plus, the next-door Fargo Jet Center offers private charter service, aircraft sales and a flight school.
Numbers continue to soar at Hector! As of October 2019 data, passenger traffic broke more records compared to the prior year. Enplanements were at 39,968—an increase of 11.5% from October 2018. Total passenger count for the month was 78,248, up 10.7% over the same period last year. There were 658 air carrier departures with an average of 77 seats per flight in October and an average of 2,524 total daily passengers.