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Grand Forks is a city in Grand Forks County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for its location at the confluence of the Red River and the Red Lake River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in North Dakota named Grand Forks. For links to other places called Grand Forks, ND, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Grand Forks is 47.925N. The longitude is -97.032W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 830 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 48,618.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$34,194
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Grand Forks demographic reports
Alexander Griggs settled here in 1871, establishing a prosperous flatboat business.
Public transportation: Cities Area Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 68. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.4 per 1,000 people.
Grand Forks received national attention for 1997 floods and fires, which destroyed much of the community.
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Fargo"
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Caribou Coffee, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Grand Cities Art Fest - June 9-10, 2007
  • Rhubarb Festival - June 9, 2007
  • Greater Grand Forks Fair & Exhibition - July 11-15, 2007
Dates often change. Check Grand Forks web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Turtle River State Park
Historic sites and museums: Myra Museum, Heritage Village, North Dakota Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: University of North Dakota, Aakers Business College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Grand Forks demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Grand Forks County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Grand Forks area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 58202 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

26% of Grand Forks residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Grand Forks ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Grand Forks was $18,395, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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30% of Grand Forks residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Grand Forks, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $427.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $995.


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Libraries in Grand Forks include Grand Forks Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Grand Forks include Grand Forks Herald

TV stations in Grand Forks include KGFE.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KUND-FM., KUND-AM.

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Grand Forks County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Grand Forks political report.

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The average commute time for Grand Forks workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Grand Forks between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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