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Published December 28 2010

Snapshot of our cities: Interesting tidbits about our metro area

Surveys can tell a lot about a community: who lives there, what they do, how they live and where the population comes from.

Sometimes the results are telling; other times, there aren’t any surprises.

The U.S. Census Bureau uses its annual American Community Survey to take the pulse on everything from basic demographics – like age and race – to details on people’s income and housing arrangements.

The survey provides estimates about the population in between the official census every 10 years.

The most recent survey, released this month, includes results collected from 2005 through 2009.

The Forum analyzed the data for Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Dilworth.

Here’s a snapshot of what we found:



West Fargo


Source: U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2005-2009.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Kristen Daum at (701) 241-5541