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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 58,526 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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Grand Forks, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 58,526
Daytime Population: Workers 41,862
Daytime Population: Residents 23,350
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 65,212
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 54,897
Population in Familes 35,486
Population in Group Qrtrs 3,629
Population Density2 2,901
Diversity Index3 29


Median Household Income $47,977
Average Household Income $70,705
Per Capita Income $30,470


Total Housing Units 26,459 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,612 (40.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,433 (54.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,414 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $180,759
Average Home Value $214,739


Total Households 25,045
Average Household Size 2.19
Family Households 12,405
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 1.41% 1.35%
Households 1.62% 1.52%
Families 1.32% 1.25%
Median Household Income   3.99%
Per Capita Income   3.39%

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, 2017 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 Density # 1 100th
Diversity Index # 40 90th
Median Household Income # 340 15th
Per Capita Income # 303 25th

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