Fargo, ND

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Population

118,099

1.85% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Median Age

30.3


Median Household Income

$50,561

5.2% growth

Number of Employees

69,906

2.99% growth

Median Property Value

$190,200

6.67% growth

About

In 2017, Fargo, ND had a population of 118k people with a median age of 30.3 and a median household income of $50,561. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Fargo, ND grew from 115,950 to 118,099, a 1.85% increase and its median household income grew from $48,060 to $50,561, a 5.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Fargo, ND are White (Non-Hispanic) (84.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.43%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.54%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (2.48%), and White (Hispanic) (1.73%). N/A% of the people in Fargo, ND speak a non-English language, and 94.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Fargo, ND are North Dakota State University-Main Campus (3,085 degrees awarded in 2017), Rasmussen College-North Dakota (246 degrees), and The Salon Professional Academy-Fargo (81 degrees).

The median property value in Fargo, ND is $190,200, and the homeownership rate is 43.4%. Most people in Fargo, ND commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Fargo, ND is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Fargo, ND employs 69.9k people. The largest industries in Fargo, ND are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,295 people), Retail Trade (8,433 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (6,890 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($50,173), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($49,900), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,700).

Median household income in Fargo, ND is $50,561. Males in Fargo, ND have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,424. The income inequality in Fargo, ND (measured using the Gini index) is 0.431, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$50,561

2017 value

± $1,302

5.2%

1 Year Growth

± 4.11%

Households in Fargo, ND have a median annual income of $50,561, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,060 in 2016, which represents a 5.2% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,998

Average Male Salary

± $3,148

$42,424

Average Female Salary

± $2,091

In 2017, full-time male employees in North Dakota made 1.44 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in North Dakota by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,817 ± $1,967

  2. Two or More Races

    $38,540 ± $11,502

  3. American Indian

    $36,702 ± $8,076

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of North Dakota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than Two or More Races workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Fargo, ND is from North Dakota.

0.431

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in North Dakota was 0.431 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.1% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for North Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Dakota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in North Dakota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 103.07

  2. Census Tract 1

  3. Census Tract 404

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Fargo, ND was Census Tract 103.07 with a value of $122,250, followed by Census Tract 1 and Census Tract 404, with respective values of $97,963 and $95,870.

The following map shows all of the places in Fargo, ND colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Fargo, ND (15.8k out of 113k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Males 25 - 34.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    11,293 ± 881

  2. Black

    2,254 ± 405

  3. Asian

    887 ± 235

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Fargo, ND is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

69.9k

2017 Value

± 2,083

2.99%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fargo, ND grew at a rate of 2.99%, from 67.9k employees to 69.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Fargo, ND, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,460 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,931 people), and Management Occupations (6,033 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,460 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,931 people), and Management Occupations (6,033 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fargo, ND has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.29 times higher than expected), Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.26 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Fargo, ND, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($62,752), Management Occupations ($56,690), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($55,824).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

69.9k

2017 Value

± 2,083

2.99%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Fargo, ND grew at a rate of 2.99%, from 67.9k employees to 69.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Fargo, ND, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,295 people), Retail Trade (8,433 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (6,890 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Fargo, ND, though some of these residents may live in Fargo, ND and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Fargo, ND, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (12,295 people), Retail Trade (8,433 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (6,890 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Fargo, ND has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.43 times higher than expected), Wholesale Trade (1.33 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Fargo, ND, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($50,173), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($49,900), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($46,700).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $43.9B

  2. $11.7B

  3. $11B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota product (by dollars) was Crude petroleum with $43.9B, followed by Cereal grains ($11.7B) and Other ag prods. ($11B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound North Dakota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$118B

2020 Value

$123B

Projected 2045 Value

4.17% growth

In 2020, total outbound North Dakota trade was $118B. This is expected to increase 4.17% to $123B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound North Dakota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from North Dakota to other states, or from other states to North Dakota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.1B

  2. $10B

  3. $8.77B

In 2015, the top outbound North Dakota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Minnesota with $13.1B, followed by Texas with $10B and Illinois and $8.77B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that North Dakota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

92.4% of the population of Fargo, ND has health coverage, with 59.3% on employee plans, 9.92% on Medicaid, 7.29% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Fargo, ND was $9,851 in 2014. This is a 4.97% increase from the previous year ($9,385).

Primary care physicians in Fargo, ND see 974 patients per year on average, which represents a 9.68% increase from the previous year (888 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1279 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 393 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Rolette County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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974 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cass County, ND see an average of 974 patients per year. This represents a 9.68% increase from the previous year (888 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cass County, ND in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,851

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,410

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$12,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,461

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in North Dakota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.97%, from $9,385 to $9,851.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

7.63%

Uninsured

59.3%

Employer Coverage

9.92%

Medicaid

7.29%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

1.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Fargo, ND declined by 13.2% from 8.79% to 7.63%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Fargo, ND changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 13% prevalence

  3. 12.7% prevalence

Rolette County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in North Dakota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Fargo, ND is home to a population of 118k people, from which 94.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.22% of Fargo, ND residents were born outside of the country (9.71k people).

In 2017, there were 15.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (99.8k people) in Fargo, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.19k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

30

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

31

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Fargo, ND was 30.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 30, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 31. But people in Fargo, ND are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Fargo, ND residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.22%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.71k people

7.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

9.16k people

As of 2017, 8.22% of Fargo, ND residents (9.71k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Fargo, ND was 7.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Fargo, ND compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    3,426 ± 1,434 people

  2. Canada

    2,477 ± 1,220 people

  3. Philippines

    2,077 ± 1,117 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,426 North Dakota residents, followed by Canada with 2,477 and Philippines with 2,077.

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Citizenship

94.9%

2017 Citizenship

95.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.9% of Fargo, ND residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Fargo, ND was 95.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Fargo, ND

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    99.8k ± 601

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    6.41k ± 474

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    4.19k ± 505

In 2017, there were 15.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (99.8k people) in Fargo, ND than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.41k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 4.19k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Fargo, ND as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,825 ± 272

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,353 ± 369

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    882 ± 406

Fargo, ND has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.35 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Fargo, ND awarded 3,509 degrees. The student population of Fargo, ND is skewed towards men, with 7,775 male students and 7,353 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Fargo, ND are White (2,981 and 90.6%), followed by Unknown (72 and 2.19%), Black or African American (71 and 2.16%), and Two or More Races (49 and 1.49%).

The largest universities in Fargo, ND by number of degrees awarded are North Dakota State University-Main Campus (3,085 and 87.9%), Rasmussen College-North Dakota (246 and 7.01%), and The Salon Professional Academy-Fargo (81 and 2.31%).

The most popular majors in Fargo, ND are Registered Nursing (192 and 5.47%), General Human Development & Family Studies (147 and 4.19%), and Mechanical Engineering (139 and 3.96%).

The median tuition costs in Fargo, ND are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $7,201 and $19,227 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 142 degrees awarded

  2. 139 degrees awarded

  3. 134 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Fargo, ND was Registered Nursing with 142 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Fargo, ND according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,085 degrees awarded

  2. 246 degrees awarded

  3. 81 degrees awarded

$7,201

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Fargo, ND institution with the largest number of graduating students was North Dakota State University-Main Campus with 3,085 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,715

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,794

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,715 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Fargo, ND, which is 0.956 times less than the 1,794 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Fargo, ND by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,981 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    72 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    71 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Fargo, ND were to White students. These 2,981 degrees mean that there were 41.4 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 72 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Fargo, ND was $190,200 in 2017, which is 0.828 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $178,300 to $190,200, a 6.67% increase. The homeownership rate in Fargo, ND is 43.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Fargo, ND have an average commute time of 14.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Fargo, ND is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$190,200

2017 Median

± $4,353

$178,300

2016 Median

± $4,665

In 2017, the median property value in Fargo, ND grew to to $190,200 from the previous year's value of $178,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Fargo, ND compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fargo, ND the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$50,561

Median Household Income

± $1,302

52.8k

Number of Households

± 1,824

In 2017, the median household income of the 52.8k households in Fargo, ND grew to $50,561 from the previous year's value of $48,060.

The following chart displays the households in Fargo, ND distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Fargo, ND distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Fargo, ND the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

43.4%

2017 Homeownership

43.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 43.4% of the housing units in Fargo, ND were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 43.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Fargo, ND compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

14.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Fargo, ND have a shorter commute time (14.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.653% of the workforce in Fargo, ND have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.8%

  2. Carpooled

    7.97%

  3. Walked

    3.38%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Fargo, ND was Drove Alone (82.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.97%) and those who Walked (3.38%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Fargo, ND distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Fargo, ND have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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