Livability Score

84
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (17) A+
The Blue Goose Cafe
Coffee Shop
Teaberry
Coffee Shop
Moxie Java
Coffee Shop
Babb's Coffee House
Coffee Shop
Liberian Restaurant
Coffee Shop
Josie's Corner Cafe and Bake Shop
Coffee Shop
Northstar Coffee
Coffee Shop
Third Drop Coffee
Coffee Shop
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Coffee Shop
Twenty Below Coffee Co Moorhead
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
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Coffee Shop
Fargo Coffee
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Caribou Coffee
Coffee Shop
Tim Hortons
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (51) A+
Plains Art Museum
Museum
Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center For Creativity
Museum
Fargo Theatre
Cinema
Roberts Street Chapel
Theatre Arts
Tochi Products
Attraction
The Stage At Island Park
Theatre Arts
Hopperstad Stave Church
Museum
Hjemkomst Center
Museum
Fine Arts Club of Fargo
Theatre Arts
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Theatre Arts
Rourke Art Gallery
Museum
Scheels Center for the Performing Arts
Theatre Arts
Reineke Fine Arts Center
Theatre Arts
Theatre B
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Comstock House
Museum
Frances Frazier Comstock Theatre
Theatre Arts
Roland Dille Center for the Arts
Theatre Arts
Newman Outdoor Field
Stadium
Jake Christianson Stadium
Stadium
Southwest Recreation Pool
Water Park
Roger G. Gress Northside Pool
Water Park
Fargodome
Stadium
Alex Nemzek Stadium
Stadium
Minuteman II ICBM
Attraction
Food and Drink (109) A+
Drumconrath Brewing Company
Bar
Würst Bier Hall
Bar
Sports Bar
Bar
Sports Bar
Bar
VFW
Bar
Marge's
Bar
The HoDo Bar
Bar
Fort Noks Bar of Gold
Bar
Rooters Bar
Bar
The Silver Lining Creamery
Sweets
OB Sports Zone
Bar
Subway
Fast Food
The Old Broadway
Bar
JL Beers
Bar
Dempsey's Public House
Bar
Picked Parrot Bar & Grill
Bar
Nichole's Fine Pastry
Sweets
Yeobo Sweet Shop
Sweets
Empire Liquors
Alcohol
Empire Liquors
Alcohol
Empire Tavern
Bar
Empire Tavern
Bar
Taco John's
Fast Food
The Bismarck
Bar
The Bismarck
Bar
Fitness (8) F
Ellig Center for Health and Wellness
Gym
Memorial Union
Community Centre
Wallman Wellness Center
Gym
The Russell and Ann Gerdin Wellness Center
Gym
Snap Fitness
Gym
Planet Fitness
Gym
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Dilworth Community Center
Community Centre
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Groceries (23) C-
Insomnia Cookies
Bakery
Country Hearth Bread Factory
Bakery
Family Fare
Grocery Store
Hornbachers
Grocery Store
Hornbacher's Express
Grocery Store
Total Balance
Health Food
Great Harvest Bread Co.
Bakery
Healthy Blast
Health Food
Hornbacher's
Grocery Store
Cash Wise Foods
Grocery Store
Cash Wise Foods
Grocery Store
Hornbacher's Foods
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Breadsmith
Bakery
ALDI
Grocery Store
Hornbacher's
Grocery Store
Hornbacher's Foods
Grocery Store
Boppa's Bagels
Bakery
Family Fare
Grocery Store
Natural Grocers
Grocery Store
Gigi's Cupcakes
Bakery
2B Fit Nutrition
Health Food
Meats by John & Wayne
Butcher
Parks (274) A+
Ole Tangen Triangle Park
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Playground
Island Park
Park
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Playground
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Playground
Dike West Park
Park
Viking Ship Park
Park
Liberty Park
Park
Dike East Park
Park
Dill Park
Park
South Riverfront Park
Park
Wildflower Grove Park
Park
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Playground
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Playground
Woodlawn Park
Park
Riverside Park
Park
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Playground
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Playground
Unicorn Park
Park
Daily Park
Park
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Playground
Sticksgarden
Park
Shops (122) A+
Hair Systems Inc.
Hairdresser
Revolver
Clothing
Section 9 Cyber Cafe
Electronics
Graver Barbers
Hairdresser
Oliveri's Salon
Hairdresser
Josef's School of Hair Design
Hairdresser
Your Day By Nicole
Clothing
Scan Design
Furniture
Halberstadt's
Clothing
Halberstadt's On Broadway
Clothing
Royal Jewelers
Fashion
Prairie Petals
Florist
Fowler's Heritage Company
Clothing
Charmed Boutique
Clothing
Everett's Barbershop
Hairdresser
The Red Silo
Interior Decoration
Mad Hatter Salon
Hairdresser
Antiques On Broadway
Furniture
Shannalee
Clothing
Proper and Prim
Clothing
Kittsona
Clothing
Lot 2029
Clothing
AT&T
Electronics
c.lizzy's
Gift Shop
Casey's General Store
Convenience Store
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 1.3% take public transportation in Fargo.
Public Transit Stops (54)
Stops & Stations
A+
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Workers Taking Public Transit
1.3%
F
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Fargo is 101/100 - which is 7% higher than North Dakota.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
B
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
A+
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crime F

Fargo crime rates are 4,764 per 100k, which is 109% higher than North Dakota
Property Crime
4,147 crimes per 100k
F
Violent Crime
617 crimes per 100k
D-
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employment C

The median income in Fargo is $57,520 - which is 3% lower than North Dakota.
Med. Household Income
$57,520
D
Unemployment Rate
2.9%
D+
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (29)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Headquarters Station
Fire Station
Eyes On Broadway
Doctor
Arnold A Welu Dental Laboratory
Dentist
Sanford Broadway Medical Center
Hospital
Prairie St. John's
Hospital
Moorhead Drug
Pharmacy
Essentia Health 7 Day Clinic
Clinic
Walgreens
Pharmacy
Kjos Health Center
Doctor
Remley Fire Station Annex
Fire Station
Fire Station 1
Fire Station
Joint Law Enforcement Center
Police
NDSU Health Services
Doctor
NDSU Health Services Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Sanford Behavioral Health Clinic
Clinic
Westside Station
Fire Station
Hendrix Health Center
Doctor
Essentia South University Clinic
Clinic
7-Day Clinic
Clinic
Lynn Olsen Rommesmo Family Dentistry
Dentist
Insight Dental
Dentist
Red River Women's Clinic
Clinic
Northside Station
Fire Station
Dental Care Fargo
Dentist
Northport Drug
Pharmacy
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
A+
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housing A

Fargo home prices are $225,500 - which is 38% higher than North Dakota
Home Price
$225,500
B-
Home Appreciation Rate
21%
B
Home Affordability
3.9x (home price to income ratio)
C
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schools C+

The Fargo graduation rate is 90% - which is 2% higher than North Dakota
School Test Scores
45%
F
High School Grad. Rates
90%
A-
Elementary Schools (27) F
Fargo Spec Ed Unit
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School
Oak Grove Lutheran School
Jefferson Elementary School
St Joseph Elementary School
Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
Clay County Shelter Care
West Central Juvenile Center
Clara Barton Hawthorne Elementary School
Ben Franklin Middle School
Holy Spirit Elementary School
Robert Asp Elementary
Washington Elementary School
Park Christian School
Lewis And Clark Elementary School
Nativity Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Ellen Hopkins Elementary
Lincoln Elementary School
Lakes Country Academy - Mhd
Probstfield Elementary
Mckinley Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
S.G.Reinertsen Elementary
Ed Clapp Elementary School
High Schools (5) D-
Woodrow Wilson Alternative High School
Oak Grove Lutheran School
Clay County Shelter Care
West Central Juvenile Center
South High School
Park Christian School
North High School
Moorhead High School
Clay County Outreach Center
Lakes Country Youth Educ Svcs
Rralc: Dgf Secondary 2164
Red River Alc - Barnesville 146
Red River Area Learning Center
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ratings C+

Fargo has an overall rating of 68% from 25 reviews.
User Reviews (2)
From AreaVibes
B-
User Surveys (23)
From AreaVibes
C
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If Fargo was a cast member of Tiger King, it would be Jeff Lowe 3 rating By Anonymous ( May 02, 2020) I've lived in ND my whole life, been in Fargo 10 years. Fargo is definitely the best city in ND to be in, but that isn't saying much. I very much believe everything is a matter of perspective, but this is mine. I have a predisposition to want to explore and try new things, I have ...Read More wanderlust pretty bad as I'm 31 and haven't done much. I can see how some people may feel the opposite, they've lived the fast-paced life and now want to slow down. Fargo fits the bill. There's JUST enough to do to get you out of the house on a semi-regular basis, but don't expect big things to be happening consistently. Approximately one big name musical performer comes here per year, Bruno Mars, Pink, Katy Perry, etc. There is a varied music scene, check out the Aquarium for more obscure acts. People here love sports, mostly their Bison football. If you like football, you'll fit in just fine here. The people here are also varied, more than you might expect. We get migrant workers because construction jobs pay high here since the season to do so is so short. This is also true for farming. We also get refugees. So we're varied, however there is an overwhelming sentiment of rigid, ignorant thinking. We're a red state after all. There's this saying of "Minnesota/North Dakota nice." You see that in rural settings, neighbors treating each other as family. I guess I don't see it in the cities. I see us as more indifferent/reserved towards new people, with the caveat that there's a decent chance someone will stop to help pull you out of the snow you thought you could ram your Honda Civic through. Regarding school from kids to college, it's pretty neutral. Not bad and not exceptional. Some schools are better at dealing with things like IEP's than others but you can petition to go to a different school if you want. NDSU is a decent school I went there for undergrad. Another thing worth noting is the difference between Fargo and Moorhead. Moorhead is technically Minnesota and we're separated by the Red River (don't swim or eat anything out of it fyi) Rent/mortgage payments are cheaper on the MN side, but you pay more in other ways. Things like property taxes and utilities are significantly higher. Also another huge thing about owning a home is this awful thing called "special assessments." Google it before you buy a home. My house payment as went up $400/month in 4 years due to these, and there's no end in sight because I'm in a new development. Nightlife is ok, USA Today says we're the drunkest state in the nation. There isn't a shortage of places to drink, or people to drink with. However there is a shortage of nice nightclubs, and by shortage I mean none. Sure there are places to do the cupid shuffle but not places with a dress code and VIP table reservations. Those are the things I can think of off the top of my head. All in all, it's not a bad place to live despite it probably sounding less than thrilling. But it is, less than thrilling. If that's your jam, then grab some peanut butter and practice your "ope," future Fargoan. Read Less
Fargo, ND - More Cultural than Expected 4 rating By Anonymous ( May 20, 2010) Fargo is more of a cultural town, and there are more art museums and crafts fairs. The Red River Zoo is a fun attraction and has lots of cool interactions with some of the animals. The Fargo Theater is fun because of its stadium type seating and the option to order pizza or nacho ...Read More s and they bring them to your seat.

The nicer looking communities are in Fargo are West Acres, West Fargo, Moorhead and Hector Airport. Downtown area looks really run down and is filled with litter and the streets are confusing.

Sarello's is the best restaurant in Fargo wtih its five star Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is wonderful and the music is even better. The vegetables and bread were so fresh and the wine list was so long I almost couldn't decide. Fargo has lots of bars, my favorite is Playmakers. It is an awesome sports bar that has five big screens to catch the Vikings games on. There are also billiards and dart tournaments going on monthly within the bar.

Moorhead Center Mall in the downtown area filled with diverse cuisine and nail and hair shops. The West Acres Shopping Center is the higher end mall that has all of the more expensive stores. Read Less
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Fargo, ND

Don't you know that Fargo is home to over 120,000 people, easily making it the largest city in all of North Dakota. The city lies on the banks of the Red River of the North, and Fargo offers those looking to buy or rent a home a lot of property for the money. The Red River Zoo is one of the area's top attractions, and it is a real hit with families who have young children. The city is also home to the North Dakota State University.

Residents of Fargo can do all of their shopping at the city's Costco. Large employers in the city include the aforementioned university, Innovis Healthcare, and Phoenix International Corporation. For a time, Fargo was known as the divorce capital of the United States since the 1800s were a time period when laws governing the practice were relaxed in the area. Today, there are many happily married couples in Fargo that have kids who go to the city's great public schools.

Traffic is not a concern in Fargo as the city's roadways were designed to accommodate the growth that the city has experienced. MATBUS is the city's public transit providers. Using their phone application, you can easily plan your entire route or check the timetable to see when your bus is due to arrive at your stop. Getting around the city by bike is also a possibility since the city has invested a lot of taxpayer dollars developing a network of bike lanes.

The Plains Art Museum is home to the finest collection of art in North Dakota, and it houses a large collection of Native American art that will leave you wowed. The area benefits from a rich German and Scandinavian heritage that is also on display when you visit the museum. Bonanzaville USA is a fun wild-west themed park where you can take your kids to show them what life used to be like back in the days when the cowboys and Native Americans roamed the plains.

Those looking to buy a home in Fargo can certainly live in the downtown area. This lifestyle offers residents a chance to enjoy the area's small independently owned and operated restaurants. It is also the area where you will find the city's best bars and nightclubs. Those looking to get out to the suburbs should look for houses in the Bluemont Lakes or Washington subdivisions.

The quality of life in Fargo is high, and the residents of the city can watch one of the best college hockey teams in the nation take the ice during the season at the FargoDome. For a good life that won't break the bank, Fargo is a great choice.

A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Fargo? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.

Parks

Ole Tangen Triangle Park
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Island Park
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Entertainment

Plains Art Museum
Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center For Creativity
Fargo Theatre
Roberts Street Chapel
Tochi Products
The Stage At Island Park
Hopperstad Stave Church
Hjemkomst Center

Food & Drink

Drumconrath Brewing Company
Würst Bier Hall
Sports Bar
Sports Bar
VFW
Marge's
The HoDo Bar
Fort Noks Bar of Gold

A Commute

Is public transit available in Fargo? Of all people who commute, 1.3% take public transportation in Fargo.
Drive to Work
81%

5% higher than the US average

Take Public Transit
1%

4% lower than the US average

Walk to Work
3%

1% higher than the US average

B+ Health & Safety

Is Fargo a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are some hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Prairie St. John's
Essentia Health-Fargo
Sanford Broadway Medical Center
Sanford Medical Center Fargo

Pharmacies

Hornbacher's
NDSU Health Services Pharmacy
Medicine Shoppe
Northport Drug
Seip Drug

Doctors

NDSU Health Services
Eyes On Broadway
Claudia McGrath Counseling, PLLC

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