Welcome to life in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo. We think you’ll like it here. A unique quality of life and standard of living is what sets us apart. We’re a city on the grow, and for good reason.
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 FMWF metro 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! Wherever you are, you can count on a safe place for your family with easy access to any area amenities.
We have a strong housing market with plenty of options, whether you’re looking for a trendy apartment, downtown condo, comfortable family house in an established neighborhood 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.
Population: 228,254 (and 2% average annual growth)
Median age: 32
American Indian and Alaska Native: 1.1%
Two or More Races: 2.6%
Bachelor’s degree or higher education: 38.9% (compared to 31.8% in the nation)
Median household income: $55,941
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)
Fargo, ND-MN MSA. Source: American Community Survey data for 2012-2016, JobsEQ® via Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
Total housing units: 100,451
Median house value: $176,900
Renter-occupied housing units (% of occupied units): 43.8% (compared to 36.4% nationally)
Rental vacancy: 4.8%
Homeowner vacancy: 1.1%
*Fargo, ND-MN MSA, Source: JobsEQ®, courtesy Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
Average apartment price
2 Bed/2 Bath, approx. 950 square feet, less than 10 years old: $952/month
Source: C2ER, GFMEDC (2017 Annual Average Data) via Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
Number of homes on the market
Single Family: 1,165
Twin Homes: 112
Source: FM Area Association of Realtors (10/30/2018) via Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC
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 quick commute time 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. Passenger counts continue to grow, with 10% more enplanements from October 2017 and 2018. An October 2018 report said there were 597 air carrier departures with an average of 73 seats per flight and an average of 2,281 total daily passengers. Five airlines offers non-stop service to nine cities, and seven car rental companies are on-site.