Downtown Update: 10 Reasons Why Downtown Fargo Feels Small But Stands Tall

by on Jul 21, 2015

What does Downtown Fargo have in common with Grafton and Valley City, N.D.? With a residential population of 4,360, Downtown Fargo is the 13th largest city in North Dakota. Valley City is 12th (pop. 6,699) and Grafton is 14th (pop. 4,324). Like a small town, Downtown Fargo is a place where neighbors get to know each other but offers the amenities of a hip, urban core. Here’s our list of what makes Downtown Fargo like one of its smaller compatriots:

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1. There is a mix of residential options from historic buildings with luxury condominiums to newly built lofts and apartments.

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2. Downtown is walkable and convenient. gives
the 58102 zip code a score of 96, a “Walker’s Paradise.” Need to get somewhere outside of Downtown? MATBUS offers 23 routes that are accessible from Downtown that will get you to various points in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. You really don’t need to own a car if you live Downtown.

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3. If you are an entrepreneur or have entrepreneurial aspirations, Downtown Fargo is the center of creativity.

Take in 1 Million Cups, attend TEDxFargo or become a Misfit.

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4. Downtown is a bicyclist’s dream because it is flat as a pancake and has access to trails and bike lanes. gives the 58102 zip code a bike score of 94, a “Biker’s Paradise.” Don’t own a bicycle? No problem. Purchase a pass with Great Rides Bike Share and use one of theirs. With seven stations downtown, access is easy. And if you are an NDSU student, Bike Share is free.

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5. Downtown Fargo is ranked the seventh best downtown in America, according to

6. You’ll find legendary beverages that you won’t find anywhere else, from locally roasted coffees to fine crafted beer brewed right in downtown.

7. So much more is nearby: entertainment, galleries, shops, museums, performing arts, the YMCA and, of course, Fargo’s Central Park, Island Park.

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8. Fargo’s best restaurants are downtown.

From specially-prepared bison to authentic German sausages, homemade comfort foods like meatloaf to culinary masterpiece sandwiches, gourmet pizzas to scrumptious desserts, you really can’t go wrong eating in Downtown Fargo.

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9. Fargo’s best special events take place downtown:

St. Patrick’s Parade, Cruisin’ Broadway, Streets Alive!, Downtown Fargo Street Fair, Alley Fair, NDSU Homecoming Parade, the Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade and even more to come.

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10. Like a small town, it’s easy to get to know your neighbors.

Meet your neighbors at retail events like Wine About Winter, Ladies Night Hour, Corks & Canvas, Kegs & Canvas and shop downtown during the most magical time of the year, the holidays.