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Grand Forks, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Grand Forks is the 3rd largest city in North Dakota with a population of 57,174 as of July 1, 2016. Grand Forks ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Grand Forks is located at latitude 47.9128 and longitude -97.075 in Grand Forks County. The formal boundaries for the City of Grand Forks (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0.18 sq. miles. Grand Forks County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 830 feet.

The City of Grand Forks (GNIS ID: 1036064) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Grand Forks population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Grand Forks, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 57,174
Population in Households 53,598
Population in Familes 34,950
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,576
Population Density1 2,834
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 24,571
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 12,310
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 25,884 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,955 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,616 (52.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,313 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $177,294
Average Home Value $205,193


Median Household Income $46,615
Average Household Income $68,806
Per Capita Income $29,784
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.26% 1.4%
Households 1.57% 1.62%
Families 1.41% 1.46%
Median Household Income   0.4%
Per Capita Income   1.43%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Grand Forks, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Grand Forks to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 3 100th
Population Density1 # 2 100th
Diversity Index2 # 43 89th
Median Household Income # 320 20th
Per Capita Income # 302 25th

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