Grand Forks Region at a Glance

Key indicators of the economic and business development opportunities in the Grand Forks region point to it’s diversity and vitality. We are repeatedly recognized:

• as a top place to live
• as a Best Small Places for Business & Careers
• among the Most Secure Small Cities
• as a leading (U.S. Metro) locations for economic growth
• for our short commute time – 12.4 minutes (national average, 28 minutes), U.S. Census
among the top 100 best places to live in the U.S.
• as the best small college town in America

Population

Age Breakdown

Grand Forks ND – MN MSA

Polk County: 31,533
Grand Forks County: 70,916
MSA TOTAL: 102,449

Percentages

  • - 18 yrs
  • 18 - 24 yrs
  • 25 - 34 yrs
  • 35 - 54 yrs
  • 55 - 64 yrs
  • 65 + yrs
Median age: 32.4 yrs

Annual Weather Averages

High temperature: 50.6 degrees

Low temperature: 29.8 degrees

Precipitation: 19.35 incres

Snowfall: 37.2 inches

Snowy days: 26.6

Weather Likelihoods

Tornado activity: less than 5%

Seismic activity: extremely low

Flooding: 500 year flood protection in place

Location

Proximity from the City of Grand Forks to:

  • Fargo, ND: 81 mi.
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba: 147 mi.
  • Minot, ND: 213 mi.
  • Bismarck, ND: 272 mi.
  • Williston, ND: 336 mi.
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: 315 mi.
  • Sioux Falls, SD: 321 mi.
  • Chicago, IL: 723 mi.
  • Denver, CO: 929 mi.
  • Seattle, WA: 1,502 mi.

The State of North Dakota is also noted for its outstanding business and family climate:
• #1: Best Run State, 24/7 Wall St., 2014, 2013, 2012
• #3: 9 States with the Most Economic Opportunity. Wall St. Cheat Sheet, 2013
• #1: 10 Best States for Young Adults 2013. MoneyRates.com
• #2: Forbes Best States for Business, 2014, 2013
• #4: Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2012
• #3: Top States for Business, CNBC 2013
• #3: Forbes Best States for Business, 2012
• #1: Best States for Young People, MoneyRates.com 2012
• #5: Top States for Business, CNBC 2012
• Best state for creating jobs, Gallup: 2011, 2010, 2009
• #4: Forbes Best States for Business & Careers, 2011
• #11: Forbes Best States for Business & Careers, 2010
• #3: Safest State, 2010