How Fargo Moorhead Compares

Aside from high-speed internet, lots to do and plenty of food and shopping, you might want to know a little more about our ever-growing community. Take a look at how we stack up.

In 2016, Fargo Moorhead’s population was 238,124*. That’s an increase of nearly 29,000 people since 2010. And we aren’t stopping there. In the recent Metropolitan Profile commissioned by the Metropolitan Council of Governments, the FM metro is projected to hit 259,260 in 2020 and 300,460 in 2030.

We’re of the mindset that you’re only as old as you feel, but if we are talking numbers, our population also tends to be on the younger side. Our median age is 32.5. What’s that mean? It means we are a metro full of ideas, coffee shops, college hangouts and spontaneous conversations. We’re also a lot more…you might say “unexpected.”

Fargo Moorhead is the crossroads of all the amenities (and opportunities) of a big city with small town culture to boot. It’s the kind of culture where you can walk downtown for lunch and run into three people you know. And while we can’t quite quantify this type of community, we’re pretty sure you’d love it here.

Ok, let’s talk about a few more things:

If your interest is cuisine, Fargo Moorhead boasts chain as well as local options. If you prefer locally-sourced and organic fare, the Prairie Roots Co-op, a member-owned, member-controlled grocery store provides access to natural, organic and locally produced food. FM also has three major grocery store chains spread throughout the metro as well as wholesale grocery available at Costco in West Fargo. (Oh, and don’t even get us started on the farmer’s market options, we’re a bit obsessed.)

Local and national shopping chains make finding what you need a quick 20-minute drive away from just about anywhere in FM. The downtown shopping scene is perfect for finding a one-of-a-kind gift and the West Acres Mall has something that will appeal to each member of the family.

So how does Fargo Moorhead stack up against other cities? Pretty well, if you ask us and folks who’ve moved here recently will tend to agree.

If you want to see for yourself, check out our Cost of Living Calculator.

*2016 American Community Survey’s 1-Year Estimate