Fargo, ND
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Living in Fargo


Fargo is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of North Dakota. With a population of 122,359 people and 22 constituent neighborhoods, Fargo is the largest community in North Dakota.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Fargo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Fargo is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Fargo who work in office and administrative support (13.53%), sales jobs (9.91%), and management occupations (8.63%).

Also of interest is that Fargo has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Fargo is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Fargo is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Fargo a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Fargo a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fargo spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.54 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The population of Fargo is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 38.78% of adults in Fargo have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Fargo in 2010 was $31,866, which is middle income relative to North Dakota, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $127,464 for a family of four. However, Fargo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Fargo is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Fargo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fargo residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Fargo include German, Norwegian, Irish, Swedish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Fargo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.