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West Fargo, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of West Fargo is the 5th largest city in North Dakota with a population of 36,656 as of July 1, 2020. West Fargo 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 West Fargo is located at latitude 46.875 and longitude -96.9004 in Cass County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Fargo encompass a land area of 14.44 sq. miles and a water area of 0.28 sq. miles. Cass County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 899 feet.

The City of West Fargo (GNIS ID: 1036321) 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Fargo: Haggert, Sheyenne Stockyards, South West Fargo.


West Fargo, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 36,656 (100%)
Population in Households 36,548 (99.7%)
Population in Families 28,272 (77.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 108 ( 0.3%)
Population Density 2,286
Diversity Index2 22


Median Household Income $80,622
Average Household Income $102,809
% of Income for Mortgage4 13%
Per Capita Income $41,530
Wealth Index5 105


Total HU (Housing Units) 15,785 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,072 (63.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,819 (30.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 894 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $241,415
Average Home Value $274,233
Housing Affordability Index3 181


Total Households 14,891
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 9,280
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 3.47% 1.86%
Households 3.61% 1.84%
Families 3.04% 1.67%
Median Household Income   1.5%
Per Capita Income   2.3%
Owner Occupied HU   1.92%


West Fargo, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Fargo to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 5 99th
Population Density # 4 99th
Median Household Income # 67 84th
Housing Affordability Index # 201 50th
Per Capita Income # 83 80th
Diversity Index # 78 81st

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