Fargo, ND-MN

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Population

232,660

1.93% growth

Median Age

32.3


Median Household Income

$59,074

5.6% growth

Poverty Rate

11.5%


Number of Employees

133,341

2.29% growth

Median Property Value

$190,300

7.57% growth

About

In 2017, Fargo, ND-MN had a population of 233k people with a median age of 32.3 and a median household income of $59,074. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fargo, ND-MN grew from 228,254 to 232,660, a 1.93% increase and its median household income grew from $55,941 to $59,074, a 5.6% increase.

The population of Fargo, ND-MN is 87.4% White Alone, 3.8% Black or African American Alone, and 2.96% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Fargo, ND-MN speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fargo, ND-MN are North Dakota State University-Main Campus (3,067 degrees awarded in 2016), Minnesota State University Moorhead (1,536 degrees), and Concordia College at Moorhead (643 degrees).

The median property value in Fargo, ND-MN is $190,300, and the homeownership rate is 56.2%. Most people in Fargo, ND-MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Fargo, ND-MN is 2 cars per household.

Fargo, ND-MN borders Fergus Falls, MN and Wahpeton, ND-MN.

Economy

The economy of Fargo, ND-MN employs 133k people. The largest industries in Fargo, ND-MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,306 people), Retail Trade (15,557 people), and Educational Services (13,183 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($52,372), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,123), and Wholesale Trade ($49,096).

Median household income in Fargo, ND-MN is $59,074. Males in Fargo, ND-MN have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,424. The income inequality in Fargo, ND-MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.431, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$59,074

2017 value

± $1,966

5.6%

1 Year Growth

± 3.88%

Households in Fargo, ND-MN have a median annual income of $59,074, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $55,941 in 2016, which represents a 5.6% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,998

Average Male Salary

± $3,148

$42,424

Average Female Salary

± $2,091

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Dakota made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Dakota by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,817 ± $1,967

  2. Two or More Races

    $38,540 ± $11,502

  3. American Indian

    $36,702 ± $8,076

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Dakota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fargo, ND-MN is from North Dakota.

0.431

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.431 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Dakota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fargo, ND-MN was Burleigh County, ND with a value of $69,193, followed by Ward County, ND and Cass County, ND, with respective values of $64,742 and $64,704.

The following map shows all of the counties in Fargo, ND-MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fargo, ND-MN (25.8k out of 224k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    18,946 ± 1,093

  2. Black

    3,108 ± 455

  3. Hispanic

    1,531 ± 372

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fargo, ND-MN is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

133k

2017 Value

± 2,777

2.29%

1 Year growth

± 2.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fargo, ND-MN grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 130k employees to 133k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fargo, ND-MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (18,453 people), Management Occupations (13,801 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,480 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND-MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND-MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (18,453 people), Management Occupations (13,801 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,480 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fargo, ND-MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.16 times higher than expected), Personal Care & Service Occupations (1.13 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.11 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND-MN, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($64,724), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,410), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($56,965).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

133k

2017 Value

± 2,777

2.29%

1 Year growth

± 2.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fargo, ND-MN grew at a rate of 2.29%, from 130k employees to 133k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fargo, ND-MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,306 people), Retail Trade (15,557 people), and Educational Services (13,183 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fargo, ND-MN, though some of these residents may live in Fargo, ND-MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fargo, ND-MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (22,306 people), Retail Trade (15,557 people), and Educational Services (13,183 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Fargo, ND-MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.63 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.46 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fargo, ND-MN, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($52,372), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,123), and Wholesale Trade ($49,096).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $46.1B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $10.7B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $46.1B, followed by Cereal grains ($11.4B) and Other ag prods. ($10.7B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$115B

2015 Value

$123B

Projected 2045 Value

6.79% growth

In 2015, total outbound North Dakota trade was $115B. This is expected to increase 6.79% to $123B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $12.8B

  2. $11.4B

  3. $8.57B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $12.8B, followed by Texas with $11.4B and Illinois and $8.57B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.6% of the population of Fargo, ND-MN has health coverage, with 60.9% on employee plans, 9.42% on Medicaid, 7.84% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Fargo, ND-MN was $9,851 in 2014. This is a 4.97% increase from the previous year ($9,385).

Primary care physicians in Fargo, ND-MN see 1333 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.22% increase from the previous year (1279 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1553 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 606 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,333 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in North Dakota see an average of 1,333 patients per year. This represents a 4.22% increase from the previous year (1,279 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in North Dakota in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,851

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,410

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,461

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Dakota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.97%, from $9,385 to $9,851.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.4%

Uninsured

60.9%

Employer Coverage

9.42%

Medicaid

7.84%

Medicare

13.9%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fargo, ND-MN declined by 8.92% from 7.03% to 6.4%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fargo, ND-MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 13% prevalence

  3. 12.7% prevalence

Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fargo, ND-MN is home to a population of 233k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.92% of Fargo, ND-MN residents were born outside of the country (13.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Fargo, ND-MN is composed of 203k White Alone residents (87.4%), 8.84k Black or African American Alone residents (3.8%), 6.88k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.96%), 5.59k Asian Alone residents (2.4%), 5.26k Two or More Races residents (2.26%), 2.45k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.05%), 135 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.058%), and 62 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0266%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Fargo, ND-MN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

32

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fargo, ND-MN was 32.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 32. But people in Fargo, ND-MN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Fargo, ND-MN residents was 32.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.92%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

13.8k people

5.71%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

13k people

As of 2017, 5.92% of Fargo, ND-MN residents (13.8k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fargo, ND-MN was 5.71%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    3,426 ± 1,434 people

  2. Canada

    2,477 ± 1,220 people

  3. Philippines

    2,077 ± 1,117 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,426 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,477 and Philippines with 2,077.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of Fargo, ND-MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fargo, ND-MN was 96.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    203k ± 113

  2. Black or African American Alone

    8.84k ± 486

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    6.88k ± 812

In 2017, there were 23 times more White Alone residents (203k people) in Fargo, ND-MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.84k Black or African American Alone and 6.88k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Fargo, ND-MN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Fargo, ND-MN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Fargo, ND-MN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Fargo, ND-MN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,016 ± 349

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,637 ± 494

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,522 ± 437

Fargo, ND-MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Fargo, ND-MN awarded 5,589 degrees. The student population of Fargo, ND-MN is skewed towards women, with 11,021 male students and 12,235 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fargo, ND-MN are White (4,651 and 88.4%), followed by Unknown (198 and 3.76%), Black or African American (117 and 2.22%), and Hispanic or Latino (99 and 1.88%).

The largest universities in Fargo, ND-MN by number of degrees awarded are North Dakota State University-Main Campus (3,067 and 54.9%), Minnesota State University Moorhead (1,536 and 27.5%), and Concordia College at Moorhead (643 and 11.5%).

The most popular majors in Fargo, ND-MN are Registered Nursing (283 and 5.06%), General Business Administration & Management (250 and 4.47%), and General Psychology (182 and 3.26%).

The median tuition costs in Fargo, ND-MN are $36,650 for private four year colleges, and $7,030 and $16,380 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 173 degrees awarded

  2. 273 degrees awarded

  3. 206 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fargo, ND-MN was General Psychology with 173 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Fargo, ND-MN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,067 degrees awarded

  2. 1,536 degrees awarded

  3. 643 degrees awarded

$7,030

Median In-State Public

$36,650

Median Private

In 2016, the Fargo, ND-MN institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Dakota State University-Main Campus with 3,067 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,404

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,185

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,404 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fargo, ND-MN, which is 0.755 times less than the 3,185 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fargo, ND-MN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,651 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    198 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    117 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fargo, ND-MN were to White students. These 4,651 degrees mean that there were 23.5 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 198 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fargo, ND-MN was $190,300 in 2017, which is 0.875 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $176,900 to $190,300, a 7.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Fargo, ND-MN is 56.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fargo, ND-MN have an average commute time of 16 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fargo, ND-MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$59,074

Median Household Income

± $1,966

96.5k

Number of Households

± 2,304

In 2017, the median household income of the 96.5k households in Fargo, ND-MN grew to $59,074 from the previous year's value of $55,941.

The following chart displays the households in Fargo, ND-MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$190,300

2017 Median

± $2,780

$176,900

2016 Median

± $2,635

In 2017, the median property value in Fargo, ND-MN grew to to $190,300 from the previous year's value of $176,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fargo, ND-MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fargo, ND-MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fargo, ND-MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fargo, ND-MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

56.2%

2017 Homeownership

56.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 56.2% of the housing units in Fargo, ND-MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 56.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fargo, ND-MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fargo, ND-MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fargo, ND-MN have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

16 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fargo, ND-MN have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.856% of the workforce in Fargo, ND-MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    8.43%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.08%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fargo, ND-MN was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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