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Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo is a city located in Cass County in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 90,599. It is the county seat of Cass County and the largest city in North Dakota.
The United States Navy named the USS Fargo after the city, which also lent its name to the movie Fargo (1996), even though it is only mentioned briefly at the beginning, and the rest of the film mainly takes place in Minnesota.
For travel, Fargo is served by Hector International Airport and is also located along Interstate 29 and Interstate 94. The city is on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, defined by the Red River of the North. Moorhead, Minnesota is located across the river. Additionally, Fargo is bordered on the other side by West Fargo.
From the late 1990s onward, Fargo has consistently had one of the lowest unemployment rates of any Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area in the United States (at one point its jobless rate fell to less than 1 per cent), and its crime rate has been perhaps the lowest of any American city its size or larger in recent years. It is also noted for its plentiful supply of affordable housing; these factors have prompted Money magazine to rank the city very near the top of its annual list of America's most livable cities throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Fargo is also the home of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks [], a semi-pro baseball team. They play in the Northern League and are not affiliated with a major league team. Their most famous resident was the former Yankee Roger Maris, who later broke Babe Ruth's homerun record.
Fargo is located at 46°52'17" North, 96°48'31" West (46.871414, -96.808658)1.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 90,599 people, 39,268 households, and 20,733 families residing in the city. The population density is 922.0/km² (2,388.2/mi²). There are 41,200 housing units at an average density of 419.3/km² (1,086.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 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. 1.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 39,268 households out of which 26.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% are married couples living together, 7.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% are non-families. 34.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.0% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.20 and the average family size is 2.91.
In the city the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 99.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $35,510, and the median income for a family is $50,486. Males have a median income of $31,968 versus $22,264 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,101. 11.8% of the population and 6.6% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 10.8% of those under the age of 18 and 7.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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