Location: Nestled on the Red River, approximately 240 miles northwest of Minneapolis.
Weather: About 21 inches of rain and 48 inches of snow each year. The average high in January is 16° F with an average high of 82° F in July although winter lows can drop well below zero and summer highs can reach 100° F or more.
Recreation, Arts and Entertainment: The home stadium for the area minor league baseball team, the FM Redhawks, is located on the NDSU campus. The FM Jets hockey team plays nearby and the cities host collegiate athletic events ranging from Division I football to women's basketball. Fargo and Moorhead boast extensive park systems. Residents enthusiastically embrace summer and winter outdoor activities. Fargo-Moorhead is home to several art museums, a growing zoo, an active community theater organization, a symphony orchestra and an opera company. The three universities in town host a wide variety of activities ranging from prominent visiting lecturers to internationally-known performing artists. The Fargodome is a 28,000-seat arena adjacent to the NDSU campus and hosts activities ranging from concerts and ice shows to rodeos and monster truck races. Bonanzaville, located in West Fargo, celebrates the region's history through displays and events. The 1926 restored Fargo Theatre is a vintage movie palace with a vaudeville stage. The theatre serves as a multi-purpose facility with capacity for film showings, live productions and meetings, and is a registered historic landmark. It also houses a restored theatre pipe organ, the "Mighty Wurlitzer."
Shopping: Fargo-Moorhead is home to many national, regional and local retailers. The 950,000-square-foot West Acres Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in North Dakota and home to more than 100 stores.
Quality of Life: Forbes magazine ranked the Fargo-Moorhead area fourth out of 168 small metro areas in the nation for business and career advancement. North Dakota has been ranked the "Safest State" for the eighth time in the 12 years that Morgan Quitno Press has issued its awards. Minnesota ranked as the second "Most Livable State," the fourth "Healthiest State" and the fifth "Most Improved State." North Dakota ranked as the most cost-friendly state in the nation by Small Times, a magazine that covers the latest developments in nanotechnology, MEMS and microsystems. Fargo-Moorhead was rated fifth on Business Development Outlook magazine's list of "Best Places for a Thriving Economy." Fargo Public Schools received the highest possible "Gold Medal" rating in a report published by Expansion Management magazine. "In the last three years, Fargo has begun to reinvent itself as improbably stylish, worldly, even luxurious," proclaimed a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times in March of 2004.
Economy: Fargo-Moorhead is home to three universities, North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College. The area is also home to several major health care facilities and is a regional hub for transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and other business. The second-largest campus of Microsoft is located in Fargo and the city is a growing center for nanotechnology research and commerce. Fargo-Moorhead is at the intersection of two Interstate highways, one of them a major international route to Canada. The area is served by two airlines and the nation's second largest railroad.