West Fargo, North Dakota

West Fargo Business Signs

West Fargo is a city located in the eastern-most portion of the present-day U.S. state of North Dakota.  Prior to invasions brought about by those of European descent, this area was largely inhabited by the Spirit Lake Nation, which is comprised of the Dakotah/Lakota peoples – including the Sisseton, Wahpeton, and Yanktonai tribes.  By 1871, homesteaders of European descent had arrived in the area, mostly due to the creation of the Northern Pacific Railroad, which would eventually cross the Red River.  West Fargo, North Dakota was officially founded in 1871.  It was named in honor of William G. Fargo, who was one of the owners of the Wells-Fargo Express Company.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of West Fargo, North Dakota has a total population of 34,858.  Believe it or not, this population makes West Fargo the fifth most populous city in the entire state of North Dakota.  Additionally, West Fargo, North Dakota is considered part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.  The Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to a 2015 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, has a total population of 233,836 people.

Apparently, at least by North Dakota standards, West Fargo, North Dakota has a booming economy.  Indeed, back in 2013, West Fargo, North Dakota was named City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities.  West Fargo, North Dakota isn’t just recognized for its economy, however, it has also been considered a Tree City nationally for over 30 years.  What exactly is a Tree City, you may be asking yourself?  Well, according to Tree City USA, “requirements include maintain a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.”  On top of all this, back in 2016, MSN.com named the West Fargo Public Library “North Dakota’s Amazing Library.”

West Fargo, North Dakota is also home to several businesses of note.  These businesses include, but are certainly not limited to: “Applied Industrial Technologies, BNG Technologies, Data Technologies, Inc., High Point Networks, Network Center Communications, Norse Technologies, Razor Tracking, Red Chair Solutions, TrueIT, and Digital Famous Media.”  Also of note economically in the city is the “Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, which is a bi-state organization representing over 2,000 firms and 94,000 people.”

West Fargo, North Dakota is home to no professional sporting franchises of note.  It is, however, home to several festivals of note.  These festivals include, but are certainly not limited to: The Big Iron Farm Show (which has been ongoing since 1981), Bonanzaville, USA (which is a history museum complex run by the Cass County Historical Society), Bonanzaville Pioneer Days, Hamfest, Red River Valley Fair, the West Fargo Shakers’ Annual New Year’s Eve Party, and West Fest (which is a community event for all ages.)  West Fargo, North Dakota is also home to several parks such as Scheels Soccer Complex, Veterans Memorial Arena, Rustad Recreation Center, and Veterans Memorial Pool.

Do you happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the West Fargo, North Dakota area?  Have you ever thought about the exhilarating possibility of becoming such an entrepreneur?  Well, if so, you need look no further!  Below, we have provided an array of business resources for current and/or prospective small business owners such as yourself:

Apply for a Business License in West Fargo, North Dakota:


Business in West Fargo, North Dakota:


The Chamber (of Commerce) – Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo:


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