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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 58,135 as of July 1, 2019. 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 47.9253 and longitude -97.0329 in Grand Forks County. The formal boundaries for the City of Grand Forks 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.


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Grand Forks, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Grand Forks, ND Housing Affordability Index is 94
State of North Dakota Housing Affordability Index is 149
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Grand Forks, ND Wealth Index is 58
State of North Dakota Wealth Index is 89
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 58,135 (100%)
Population in Households 54,634 (94.0%)
Population in Families 35,499 (61.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 3,501 ( 6.0%)
Population Density 2,135
Diversity Index2 34
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,361
Average Household Income $64,605
Per Capita Income $28,048
Wealth Index4 58

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 26,733 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,617 (39.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,427 (54.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,689 ( 6.3%)
Median Home Value $208,167
Housing Affordability Index3 94
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 25,044
Average Household Size 2.18
Family Households 12,393
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 1.02% 0.63%
Households 1.26% 0.83%
Families 1.0% 0.62%
Median Household Income   3.72%
Per Capita Income   2.92%

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, 2019 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 # 8 98th
Diversity Index # 31 93rd
Median Household Income # 369 8th
Per Capita Income # 348 13th

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