Fargo, North Dakota
|Fargo, North Dakota|
|Motto: Gateway to the West|
Fargo's location in North Dakota
|• Mayor||Dennis Walaker|
|• City||48.82 sq mi (126.44 km2)|
|• Land||48.82 sq mi (126.44 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||904 ft (274 m)|
|• Estimate (2013)||113,658|
|• Rank||US: 237th|
|• Density||2,202.5/sq mi (850.4/km2)|
|• Urban||176,676 (US: 194th)|
|• Metro||223,490 (US: 197th)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP Codes||58102-58109, 58121-58122, 58124-58126|
|GNIS feature ID||1028945|
|Highways||I-29, I-94, I-94 Bus., US 10, US 52, US 81, US 81 Bus., ND 294|
|Website||City of Fargo|
Fargo is the largest city in the State of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2013 United States Census estimates, its population was 113,658. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as adjacent West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2013 contained a population of 223,490. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Law and government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Crime
- 7 Education
- 8 Culture
- 9 Media
- 10 Transportation
- 11 Notable people
- 12 Sites of interest
- 13 In popular culture
- 14 See also
- 15 Notes
- 16 References
- 17 External links
The area that is present-day Fargo was an early stopping point for steamboats floating down the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s. The city was originally named "Centralia," but was later renamed "Fargo" after Northern Pacific Railway director and Wells Fargo Express Company founder William Fargo (1818−1881). The area started to flourish after the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the city became known as the "Gateway to the West."
A major fire struck the city on June 7, 1893; destroying 31 blocks of downtown Fargo. However, the city was immediately rebuilt with new buildings made of brick, new streets, and a water system. Over 246 new buildings were built within one year. There were several rumors concerning the cause of the fire
The North Dakota Agricultural College was founded in 1890 as North Dakota's land-grant university, becoming first accredited by the North Central Association in 1915. In 1960, NDAC became known as North Dakota State University.
Fargo-Moorhead boomed after World War II and the city grew rapidly despite being hit by a violent tornado in 1957. The tornado destroyed a large portion of the north end of the city. Ted Fujita, famous for his Fujita tornado scale, analyzed pictures of the Fargo tornado, which helped him develop his ideas for "wall cloud" and "tail cloud." These were the first major scientific descriptive terms associated with tornadoes. The coming of two interstates (I-29 and I-94) revolutionized travel in the region and pushed growth of Fargo to the south and west of the city limits. In 1972, the West Acres Shopping Center, currently the largest shopping mall in North Dakota, was constructed near the intersection of the two Interstates. This mall would become the catalyst for retail growth in the area. It would also spell the beginning of decline for Fargo's downtown.
Fargo has continued to expand rapidly but steadily. Since the mid-1980s, the bulk of new residential growth has occurred in the south and southwest areas of the city due to geographic constraints on the north side. The city's major retail districts on the southwest side have likewise seen rapid development.
Downtown Fargo has been revitalized due in part to investments by the city and private developers in the Renaissance Zone. Most older neighborhoods, such as Horace Mann, have either avoided decline or been revitalized through housing rehabilitation promoted by planning agencies to stem blight and strengthen the city's core.
NDSU has grown rapidly into a major research university, and forms a major component of the city's identity and economy. Most students live off-campus in the surrounding Roosevelt neighborhood. The university has established a presence downtown through both academic buildings and apartment housing. In addition, NDSU Bison Football has become a major sport following among many area residents.
Since the late 1990s, the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Statistical Area has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates among MSAs in the United States. This, coupled with Fargo's low crime rate and the decent supply of affordable housing in the community, has prompted Money magazine to rank the city near the top of its annual list of America's most livable cities throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Fargo sits on the western bank of the Red River of the North in a flat geographic region known as the Red River Valley. The Red River Valley resulted from the withdrawal of glacial Lake Agassiz, which drained away about 9,300 years ago. The lake sediments deposited from Lake Agassiz made the land around Fargo some of the richest in the world for agricultural uses. Early settlers sometimes called the Red River Valley a new "Garden of Eden".
Fargo's largest challenge are floods due to the rising water of the Red River, which flows from the United States into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. The Red flows northward, which means melting snow and river ice, as well as runoff from its tributaries, often create ice dams, which cause the river to overflow. Fargo's surrounding Red River Valley terrain is essentially flat, leading to overland flooding. With the Red River flowing right through the heart of the metro area, permanent flood protection will be an issue for many years to come for both Fargo and Moorhead.
Its geographical location makes the city vulnerable to flooding during seasons with above average precipitation. The Red River's "minor" flood stage in Fargo begins at a level of 18 feet, with "major" flooding categorized at 30 feet and above. Many major downtown roadways and access to Moorhead are closed off at this level. Record snowfalls late in 1996 led to flooding in 1997, causing the Red to rise to a record crest of 39.5 feet, nearly overtaking city defenses. In 2008-2009, significant fall precipitation coupled with a rapid snowmelt in March 2009 caused the Red to rise to a new record level of 40.84 feet, but again Fargo remained safe, in large part due to flood mitigation efforts instituted after the 1997 event and sandbagging efforts by the city residents. Further upgrades were made to city infrastructure and additional resources brought to bear following the 2009 flood, which caused no issues for the city in 2010 despite another rapid melt that caused the Red to rise to 37 feet (which ranks among the top ten highest levels ever recorded). Recent discussions have focused on a $1.5 billion diversion project that would channel the Red's water away from the city, but such a project is very much in the planning stages and being evaluated by various government agencies. As of 2012, Fargo has bought 700 houses in flood-prone areas.
Because of its location in the Great Plains and its distance from both mountains and oceans, Fargo has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb), and is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 4. The city features long, cold, windy, and snowy winters, with lows falling to or below 0 °F (−17.8 °C) 43 nights per year, and sometimes falling to −20 °F (−28.9 °C). Snowfall averages 52 inches (132 cm) per season. Spring and autumn are short and highly variable seasons. Summers are warm with frequent thunderstorms, and highs reach 90 °F (32 °C) on an average of 12.7 days each year. Annual precipitation of 22.7 inches (577 mm) is concentrated in the warmer months. Extreme temperatures have ranged from −48 °F (−44 °C) on January 8, 1887 to 114 °F (46 °C) on July 6, 1936.
In 2011, Fargo won The Weather Channel’s “America's Toughest Weather City” poll. Almost 850,000 votes, blizzards, cold, and floods were used to determine Fargo as the “Toughest Weather City” in 2011.
|Climate data for Fargo, North Dakota (Hector Int'l), 1981−2010 normals, extremes 1881−present[a]|
|Record high °F (°C)||54
|Average high °F (°C)||18.4
|Average low °F (°C)||0.1
|Record low °F (°C)||−48
|Precipitation inches (mm)||0.70
|Snowfall inches (cm)||11.2
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)||8.3||7.2||8.3||7.4||11.0||11.7||9.5||9.1||8.7||8.3||7.1||9.2||105.8|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)||8.9||6.7||5.3||1.8||0||0||0||0||0||0.8||5.4||9.5||38.4|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||140.9||153.9||212.3||241.6||283.2||303.2||350.2||313.2||231.2||178.9||113.1||107.4||2,629.1|
|Percent possible sunshine||51||53||58||59||61||64||73||71||61||53||40||40||59|
|Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990)|
According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition was as follows:
- White: 92.4% (Non-Hispanic Whites: 91.0%)
- Black or African American: 2.5%
- American Indian: 1.3%
- Asian: 2.1%
- Pacific Islander: 0.1%
- Some other race: 0.4%
- Two or more races: 1.3%
- Hispanic or Latino (of any race): 2.1%
According to the 2006-2008 American Community Survey, the top ten European ancestries were the following:
- German: 42.7%
- Norwegian: 35.0%
- Irish: 9.4%
- Swedish: 6.2%
- English: 5.3%
- French: 4.7%
- Polish: 2.9%
- Russian: 2.4%
- Scottish: 1.7%
- Scotch-Irish: 1.7%
As of the census of 2010, there were 105,549 people, 46,791 households, and 23,075 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,162.0 inhabitants per square mile (834.8/km2). There were 49,956 housing units at an average density of 1,023.3 per square mile (395.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.2% White, 2.7% African American, 3.0% Asian, 1.4% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 46,791 households of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.7% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.87.
The median age in the city was 30.2 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 19.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 90,599 people, 39,268 households, and 20,724 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,388.2 inhabitants per square mile (922.0/km²). There were 41,200 housing units at an average density of 1,086.0 per square mile (419.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.17% White, 1.02% African American, 1.24% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.
There were 39,268 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 19.2% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.
As of the 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $35,510, and the median income for a family was $50,486. Males had a median income of $31,968 versus $22,264 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,101. About 6.6% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.
Law and government
Fargo uses the city commission style of local government. Four commissioners and a mayor are elected at large for four-year terms. The current mayor of Fargo is Dennis Walaker, who was elected in 2006 over five challengers with 34% of the votes cast. Walaker, the city's longtime Public Works Director, presided over the city's successful 2009 and 2010 Red River flooding battles, which contributed to his re-election in June 2010 with 92% of the popular vote against three other candidates. One of the commissioners, currently Dr. Tim Mahoney, is selected by the commission members to serve as deputy mayor. The Fargo City Commission meets every two weeks in its chambers above the Fargo Civic Center. The meetings are broadcast on a Government-access television (GATV) cable channel.
Although politically diverse, Fargo has a history as a Republican-leaning area. Democrats tend to do well in state elections in the older and established areas of Fargo (Districts 11 and 21), but Republicans dominate throughout much of the newer areas of the city. George W. Bush carried Fargo as well as the rest of Cass County in the 2004 presidential election, with nearly 60 percent of the vote in both areas. In 2008, Democratic candidate Barack Obama won the majority of votes in Cass County, with a voting percentage very close to the percentage Obama received in the entire nation, while John McCain won the majority of votes in the entire state of North Dakota.
Although less Democratic-leaning than Grand Forks, Fargo is considerably more moderate/liberal than Bismarck, where Democrats hold only a single seat in the state senate. In the 2006 elections, several Fargo-area Republican incumbents to the state legislature were defeated.
The economy of the Fargo area has historically been dependent on agriculture. That dominance has decreased substantially in recent decades. Now, the city of Fargo has a growing economy based on food processing, manufacturing, technology, retail trade, higher education, and healthcare. In a study published by Forbes, Fargo was ranked the best small city in the nation to start a business or a career.
According to the City's 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the largest employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||North Dakota State University||2,339|
|3||Fargo Public Schools||1,762|
|4||Noridian/Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND||1,345|
|5||Case New Holland||1,055|
|8||Fargo VA Medical Center||870|
|10||City of Fargo||773|
|Crime rates (2012)|
|Total Violent crime:||394|
|Motor vehicle theft:||155|
|Total Property crime:||2,835|
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.
2012 population: 109,813
|Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data|
In 2012, there were 2 murders, 69 rapes, 46 robberies, 277 assaults, 451 burglaries, 2,229 larceny counts, 155 auto thefts, and 16 arsons. City-data.com crime index average for 3 years is 207.2 per 100,000. The US average is 307.5.
The Fargo Public Schools system serves most of the city, operating fifteen elementary schools, three middle schools, and four high schools Fargo North High School, Fargo South High School, Judge Ronald N. Davies High School, and an alternative high school (Woodrow Wilson).
The West Fargo Public Schools system serves the southwestern part of the city, in addition to West Fargo itself and the surrounding communities of Horace and Harwood.
In addition to public schools, a number of private schools also operate in the city. The John Paul II Catholic Schools Network operates Holy Spirit Elementary, Nativity Elementary, Sullivan Middle School, and Shanley High School. Additionally, the Oak Grove Lutheran School serves grades Pre-K-12, as do Grace Lutheran School, and Park Christian School.
Fargo is home to North Dakota State University (NDSU), which has over 14,000 students. NDSU was founded in 1890 primarily as an agricultural school, but has since branched out to cover many other fields of study. NDSU, along with Minnesota State University and Concordia College in Moorhead, form the Tri-College University system of Fargo-Moorhead, and students can take classes at any of the three institutions. These three colleges also form a vibrant student-youth community of over 25,000. NDSCS-Fargo is a campus of North Dakota State College of Science. Located in the Skills and Technology Training Center on 19th Avenue North in Fargo, NDSCS-Fargo serves as the home to academic programming and non-credit training.
Fargo is also home to several private institutions, including Rasmussen College, a branch location of the University of Mary, and Masters Baptist College operated by Fargo Baptist Church. The University of Jamestown's Doctor of Physical Therapy program is based in Fargo. Until recently, Globe University/Minnesota School of Business maintained a Fargo Student Resource Center, now replaced by the college's Moorhead campus.
The Fargo Public Library is headquartered in downtown Fargo. The original 1968 building was demolished and replaced with a new library which opened in 2008. In addition, FPL operates the Dr. James Carlson Library in southern Fargo, and the Northport branch in North Fargo.
Fargo offers a wide variety of cultural opportunities for a city of its size. This is likely due, in part, to the presence of three universities in the area. Most theatre and events are either promoted or produced by the universities, although there are several private theatre companies in the city including Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT), Theatre 'B' in downtown Fargo, Ursa Major Productions, Music Theatre Fargo Moorhead, Tin Roof Theatre Company, The Entertainment Company and others. Music organizations in the area include the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Symphony. Fargo also boasts a dance company in the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet.
The Fargo Theatre is a restored 1926 Art Deco movie house that features first-run movies, film festivals, and other community events. The Fargodome routinely hosts concerts, Broadway musicals, dance performances, sporting events, as well as fairs and other gatherings.
The Winter Carnival in Fargo is a tradition that began in 1928.
The Plains Art Museum is the largest museum of art in the state. It is located in downtown Fargo and features regional and national exhibits. It also houses a large permanent collection of art. There are several other museums in Fargo including The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm, The Fargo Air Museum, The Courthouse Museum, The Roger Maris Museum in West Acres Shopping Center, the North Dakota State University Wall of Fame in the Scheels All Sports store and the historic Bonanzaville village (West Fargo).
The Fargo Public Library was established in 1900 and for many years was housed in a Carnegie-funded building. In 1968, the library moved into a new facility as part of urban renewal efforts in the downtown area. In 2002 and 2006, the Southpointe and Norhpointe Branches were opened serving the city's south and north sides. The Dr. James Carlson Library, which replaced the earlier Southpointe Branch, opened to the public on November 16, 2007. A new main library located downtown opened April 25, 2009.
The Fargo Park District operates many neighborhood parks throughout the city. The Fargo area contains the following golf courses: Edgewood Golf Course (18-hole), Fargo Country Club (18-hole) Rose Creek Golf Course (18-hole), El Zagal (9-hole), Prairiewood Golf Course (9-hole), and the new Osgood Golf Course (9-hole). In the winter Edgewood serves as a warming house and also provides cross country skis. Rose Creek and Osgood golf courses offer golfing lessons in the summer months. Fargo also has a skate park located near dike west and Island park. Fargo and sister city Moorhead also hold ferry rides during the summer, on the historic Red River, to promote education of the fertile soil of the Red River Valley.
- North Dakota State University, an NCAA Division I university with 14 varsity sports and club sports such as lacrosse
- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Independent Baseball Organization started in 1996 and is a 5 Time Northern League Champion and current member of the American Association
- Fargo Post#2 of the North Dakota American Legion baseball league
- Fargo Marathon
- Fargo Force, a tier 1 USHL hockey team.
- Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls (FMDG) women's roller derby league was founded in May 2009 and plays at the Civic Center downtown Fargo. Every game in their 2009-2010 season was sold out.
Fargo has two sister cities:
- See also: Fargo-Moorhead media for a list of newspapers, radio stations, television stations, yellow page directories, and more...
The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead is the city's major newspaper. The High Plains Reader, an independent weekly newspaper, also operates in the community. North Dakota State University's student paper, The Spectrum, is printed twice weekly during the academic year. The city is also served by other publications such as OPEN Magazine, Area Woman, From House To Home, Bison Illustrated and Valley Faith.
Fargo is also home to several radio and television stations. Hoak Media Corporation operates KXJB-TV and KVLY-TV, and Red River Broadcasting owns Fox affiliate KVRR. Forum Communications, which also owns The Forum, owns WDAY-TV and WDAY radio. Prairie Public Broadcasting operates KFME-TV, a PBS station, and also operates NPR affiliate KDSU-FM (however, KDSU is owned by North Dakota State University). Midwest Communications operating under Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead, owns The Mighty 790, Froggy 99.9, 104.7 MIX-FM, Y94, Rock 102 and 740 The Fan. Conservative talk host Scott Hennen owns WZFG, and Great Plains Integrated Marketing owns KQLX, Thunder 106.1 and Eagle 106.9. Local resident James Ingstad owns and operates six radio stations under RFM Media, including Bob 95, 107.9 The Fox, KLTA-FM Big 98.7, Q105.1, True Oldies 1660AM.
KNDS 96.3 FM - KNDS 96.3 FM is an FCC approved radio station, owned with a license held by the independent Alliance for the Arts, operating on the 96.3 frequency in Fargo, North Dakota and the surrounding area. KNDS strives to provide the area with independent music not heard elsewhere in the FM radio community, while maintaining an emphasis on community/area partnership. North Dakota State University (ThunderRadio) and community volunteers (Radio Free Fargo) combine to manage and operate this station.
Fargo has 4 local yellow pages publishers. SMARTSEARCH, which is locally owned and operated; yellowbook, owned by the Yell Group, a foreign United Kingdom based company; Dex, owned by RH Donnelley and based in North Carolina; and Phone Directories Company (PDC), based in Utah.
Fargo is a major transportation hub for the surrounding region. It sits at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-29 and I-94 and is the home of an international airport.
Fargo is served by Hector International Airport. Hector has the longest public runway in the state and scheduled passenger flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Mesa, Arizona, Los Angeles, Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and Salt Lake City. The city is served by Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, American Eagle, United Express and Allegiant Air. An Air National Guard unit and the Fixed-Base Operation Fargo Jet Center are also located at Hector.
The F-M metro area is served by a bus service known as Fargo Moorhead Metro Area Transit (MAT). MAT operates lines that specifically cater to the area's college student population, who comprise the bulk of its ridership. Greyhound Lines, Jefferson Lines and Rimrock Stages Trailways bus services additionally link Fargo to other communities.
The BNSF Railway runs through the metropolitan area as successor to the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad. Amtrak service is provided via the Empire Builder passenger train at the Fargo Amtrak station.
The street system of Fargo is structured in the classic grid pattern. Routes that run from north to south are called streets, and routes that run from east to west are called avenues.
The major north/south roads (from west to east) include:
- 45th Street
- 42nd Street
- Interstate 29
- 25th Street
- University Drive (one-way southbound from 19th Avenue North until 13th Avenue South)
- 10th Street (Carries northbound University Drive traffic from 13th Avenue South until 19th Avenue North)
The major east/west roads (from north to south) include:
- 40th Avenue North
- 19th Avenue North
- 12th Avenue North (Also known as North Dakota Highway 294; ND 294 is unsigned)
- Main Avenue
- 13th Avenue South
- Interstate 94
- 32nd Avenue South
- 52nd Avenue South
Sites of interest
Arenas and auditoriums
- Fargodome - An indoor arena located on the NDSU campus. It plays host to all NDSU home football games and is also used for concerts and trade shows. This is also where the high school wrestling national freestyle and Greco-Roman championships take place every year. NDSU Bison fans have been praised as a "feature" of the facility:
By far the most impressive trait of the Fargodome is how loud it gets inside. The boisterous Bison fans rival any in college football. The noise levels inside the Fargodome during Bison home games have been measured at levels matching those found at some NFL games. The intense noise levels inside the Fargodome have earned it the nickname "thunderdome."
- Newman Outdoor Field - A Minor League Baseball Stadium, host to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and NDSU Bison baseball. Located at 1515 15th Ave N, Fargo on NDSU campus.
- Reineke Fine Arts Center - Located on the NDSU campus. The University uses the center for concerts, theatrical presentations, and other events.
- Fargo Civic Center - An indoor arena used to host trade shows, sporting events, meetings, community events, concerts, and disaster relief.
- John E. Carlson Coliseum - This arena is host to the Fargo North High School and Fargo South High School hockey teams as well as the FM Jets hockey team, before the team left Fargo. The arena was built in 1968 and has previously been home to the Fargo Blazers and NDSU Club hockey teams. The arena is also for figure skating. The Coliseum hosts the largest squirt hockey tournament in the world, the Fargo Flyers Squirt International Hockey Tournament.
- Scheels Arena - On June 27, 2007, Fargo held a groundbreaking for the Urban Plains Center ice hockey arena. The $44 million arena is located in south Fargo, its first event was the Fargo Force Hockey home game on Thursday, October 30, 2008. The arena will be used for a USHL team, Fargo Force, Fargo high school hockey, and many other special events. The Urban Plains Center was renamed Scheels Arena on October 6, 2010.
- Bonanzaville, USA - Located in West Fargo, North Dakota, it is a village made up of many historic buildings from the region. Includes a church, school building, and log cabins. It is named after the historic bonanza farms of the area.
- The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm - Provides many exhibits and hands-on participation for children.
- Fargo Air Museum - Features aircraft from World War II and beyond. Also hosts traveling exhibits.
- Plains Art Museum - A large art museum located in a historic downtown building. Features regional and national exhibits.
- The Roger Maris Museum - A small, free museum dedicated to Roger Maris located in a wing of the West Acres Shopping Center. Features memorabilia and a video presentation about the New York Yankees player who lived in Fargo for a portion of his life.
- Maury Wills Museum - Located at Newman Outdoor Field the Maury Wills Museum is in honor of the former 1962 National League MVP and Major League Baseball player who worked for the RedHawks as a coach and a radio analyst.
- Hjemkomst Center - Located in Moorhead, MN, displays and interprets the Hjemkmost replica Viking ship that was sailed to Norway. In addition, it is home of the Clay County Historical Society museum and archives and features a replica of a Norwegian Hopperstad Stave Church.
- Rourke Art Museum Located in Moorhead, Minnesota, this art museum displays fine arts.
- Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre - FMCT presents comedies, dramas, youth shows, and musicals in a theatre located in Island Park south of downtown.
- Fargo Theatre - A 1926 Art Deco movie theater. Presents classic and current films, live productions, and other events.
- Main Avenue Theatre - Hosts live productions by local independent theater company Theatre B.
- Trollwood Performing Arts School - Trollwood Performing Arts School is a summer theatre arts program for students of all ages. The school presents many different forms of performing arts every summer, the most prominent being a Broadway musical performed in front of up to 2,500 audience members per night at an outdoor amphitheatre.
- Gooseberry Park Players - the Gooseberry Park Players are a not-for profit, fee-free theatre company for individuals 11–18 years old. Every summer in late July, they present a show at the Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre on the campus of Concordia College.
- Fargo-Moorhead Opera - The Fargo-Moorhead Opera is a non-profit, professional opera company. The FM Opera has two to three productions each year with added International Dinners, and an annual Gala. The FM Opera is the only professional opera company between Minneapolis, Billings, Winnipeg and Omaha.
The tallest buildings in Fargo include:
- 1. Radisson Hotel (Height: 206 ft 8 in; 63 m, built 1985, 18 floors)
- 2. Lashkowitz High Rise (Height: 203 ft 4 in; 62 m, built 1970, 22 floors)
- 3. Cathedral of St. Mary (Height: 170 ft 3 in; 52 m, built 1899)
- 4. First Lutheran Church (Height: 167 ft 4 in; 51 m, built 1920)
- 5. Fargodome (Height: 125 ft; 38 m, built 1992)
- 6. Bank of the West tower (Height 119 ft, 10 stories)
- Newman Outdoor Field - Home of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (an independent professional baseball team that is part of the American Association).
- North Dakota Horse Park - Features live racing and betting.
- Red River Zoo - A 30-acre (12 ha) zoo that features 80 species of animals. Also includes a restored 1928 carousel.
- Fargo Outdoor Skate Park - Outdoor skate park located at the Dike West.
In popular culture
Fargo is an Academy Award–winning 1996 film named after the city. Fargo is only seen briefly at the film's opening scene set in a bar and mentioned only twice in the film. None of Fargo was shot on location in or near Fargo.
- Hector International Airport
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Fargo
- USS Fargo was a United States Navy vessel named after the city.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fargo, North Dakota.|
|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Fargo, North Dakota.|
- City of Fargo official website
- Fargo Visitors Bureau - exists to promote Fargo, North Dakota as a destination for visitors
- Downtown Fargo-Moorhead - Downtown's premiere site for dine, shop, play, events, entertainment and more.
- James Lileks' Fargo - website with many pictures of historic Fargo
- Fargo, North Dakota Geology - website about the geology of the Fargo area
- Fargo, North Dakota travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Fargo, North Dakota at DMOZ