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Wahpeton, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Wahpeton is the 10th largest city in North Dakota with a population of 7,797 as of July 1, 2017. Wahpeton 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 Wahpeton is located at latitude 46.2719 and longitude -96.6118 in Richland County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wahpeton (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.29 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Richland County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 965 feet.

The City of Wahpeton (GNIS ID: 1036311) 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 Wahpeton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wahpeton: Chahinkapa, Richville.

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


Total Population 7,797
Daytime Population: Workers 5,591
Daytime Population: Residents 3,081
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,672
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 6,774
Population in Familes 4,831
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,023
Population Density2 1,473
Diversity Index3 22


Median Household Income $51,551
Average Household Income $81,698
Per Capita Income $35,088


Total Housing Units 3,517 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,538 (43.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,619 (46.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 361 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $141,519
Average Home Value $175,895


Total Households 3,156
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 1,687
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 0.05% -0.14%
Households 0.02% -0.04%
Families -0.24% -0.26%
Median Household Income   5.52%
Per Capita Income   2.21%

Wahpeton, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wahpeton 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 # 10 98th
Population Density # 33 92nd
Diversity Index # 81 80th
Median Household Income # 295 27th
Per Capita Income # 181 55th

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