Nothing You'd Expect.

Everything You're Looking For.

Clean air and water, great schools, short drive times, friendly people, and a strong sense of community make the F-M metro area a great place to live and raise a family. With a population of over 238,000, the Fargo-Moorhead metro area features three distinct cities.

  • Bordering the eastern edge of North Dakota, Fargo is the state’s largest city with a population of around 124,800.

  • Just across the Red River into Minnesota, Moorhead is a community of over 42,000 residents. It has a small-town feel with the amenities of a larger community.​

  • With a population of nearly 35,000, West Fargo is one of the state’s fastest-growing communities.



With hundreds of physicians in over 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford-Fargo offers the latest treatment and expertise with Centers of Excellence in care of the heart, cancer, women’s, children’s, trauma, orthopedics/sports medicine, and brain and spine.

Essentia Health-Fargo offers patients a number of clinic locations and a 104-bed hospital. Essentia’s Centers of Excellence include a cancer center and heart & vascular center.

The Fargo VA Health Care System services more than 89,000 veterans living in North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota.



It All Adds Up

The metro area's strong economy, exceptional schools, and world-class health care afford us a quality of life that’s hard to beat. You’ll find housing to match your lifestyle and budget, a range of restaurants, shopping and entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to grow and advance.

The benefits of living here far outweigh the costs; however, it is helpful to be armed with good data. Find out how much it costs to live here compared to other metro areas with this cost-of-living calculator.



Smart. And Getting Smarter.

Our education is top-notch.  More than 70% of people who live here have more than a high school education compared to an average of 60% nationwide. Our private schools' network features everything from religious-based philosophies to Montessori programs. Fargo-Moorhead is also home to Division I, II and III universities, a unique Tri-College University consortium and a strong system of community, technical, and business colleges.

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Summer Average 82°

Winter Average 23.4°

Is it as cold here as they say it is? YES!  But with that unspeakable cold, we get unforgettable beauty and lots of fun. Summers are hot, sunny, and all-around gorgeous. Fall is crisp, brilliant, and a little shorter than we’d like. And spring? You will never be happier to see it.