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Fargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for over 15% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.Founded in 1871 on the Red River of the North floodplain, Fargo is a cultural, retail, health care, educational, and industrial center for eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. In addition, Fargo is home to North Dakota State University.HistoryEarly historyHistorically part of Sioux (Dakota) territory, the area that is present-day Fargo was an early stopping point for steamboats traversing the Red River during the 1870s and 1880s. The city was originally named "Centralia," but was later renamed "Fargo" after Northern Pacific Railway director and Wells Fargo Express Company founder William Fargo (1818–1881). The area started to flourish after the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the city became known as the "Gateway to the West." Fargo is in North Dakota. When using our United States travel planner to make an itinerary online, Fargo holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.
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Where to stay in Fargo

Most accommodations in Fargo cluster in the western section of the city, with only a handful sprinkled across the central area. Along Broadway North, you can find a selection of chain hotels offering good access to the city's central business district and the nearby Red River. The area between Rabanus Park and Anderson Park abounds with large budget and mid-range hotels, offering comfortable, affordable rooms and excellent access to the city's zoo. Look just north of this--around the intersection of 13th Avenue South and Highway 81--to choose from a larger selection of motels.
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