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Quality of Life in the Fargo-Moorhead Area

Approximately 110,000 citizens live in Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city. Fargo lies in the Red River Valley, an area of approximately 150,000 people. It is located in the southeastern part of the state, on the North Dakota—Minnesota border.   

Fargo has an agricultural-based economy and serves as a medical, financial, technical and transportation center for the area. Its two major interstate highways making it easy to get to Minneapolis, Bismarck or Winnipeg within a few hours.  

Fargo offers excellent educational opportunities. North Dakota State University, Rasmussen College and the University of Mary's Fargo campus are within the city limits. Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College, Fergus Falls Community College Gateway Campus, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College are across the river in Moorhead, Minnesota.  

The Fargo-Moorhead area has many fine restaurants, shopping opportunities, and entertainment centers.  Fargo is also close to many fine fishing, recreational boating, snowmobiling, skiing and hunting areas. To learn more about the city’s many attractions, visit the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo-Moorhead at www.fmchamber.com

Quality of Life in the Fargo-Moorhead Area 

  • Money Magazine recognizes Fargo for its excellent schools, low crime rate, good jobs and ease of living, ranking it 69th in the magazine’s "100 Best Places to Live” (2006).
  • Fargo ranked as the 12th safest city among 369 cities in the country, according to a report by an independent research company, Morgan Quitno Press (November 2005).
  • Fargo-Moorhead ranks third (among small market MSAs) in the “Best U.S. Cities for Relocating a Family” according to a study conducted by Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (May 2005).
  • Fargo-Moorhead was named an All-America City by the National Civic League (June 2000).
  • Forbes Magazine selected Fargo as one of the "Top 25 places to retire in 2010" (June 2012)
  • Fargo was voted as the week three winner of the Reader's Digests' "Most Interesting Town" competition.  The City also received mention in Reader's Digest magazine.  (March 2012)
  • Fargo was selected as one of the 151 "2011 Playful City USA" communities.  (Sept. 2011)
  • Fargo was named one of the Best Places to live by Men's Journal magazine for, among other things, low taxes, low unemployment rates, clean air and quality of life.  (April 2011)
  • Fargo's Renaissance Zone was named one of "America's Most Transformed Neighborhoods" by Forbes Magazine.  (August 2011) 
  • Personal Blogger, Nolan Dalla, commented in his blog post titled "Fargo" on September 24, 2013, "Fargo is an interesting place," and "what sold me on Fargo isn't the city. It's the people."  Read Dalla's "Fargo."
  • "Fargo Ranks in Top 100 Best Places to Live"--Fox News, KVRR (October 2013)
  • Livability.com ranks Fargo 98 out of the top 100 places to live. (October 2013)
  • Farmers Insurance ranked Fargo, ND as one of the 10 most secure cities.  The study measured criteria including crime statistics, life expectancy, fatal car accidents, housing depreciation, foreclosures and economic stability, the insurance company said.  Fargo Forum 2013 
  • Fargo was rated #2 in the "Top 10 Cities on the Rise" on nerdwallet.com. (August 2013)