Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
Aerial view of downtown Grand Forks in 2006
Aerial view of downtown Grand Forks in 2006
Nickname(s): 
"The Grand Cities", "The Forks", "The Sunflake City"
Motto(s): 
"A Place of Excellence"
Location in the U.S. state of North Dakota
Location in the U.S. state of North Dakota
Coordinates: 47°55′31″N 97°1′57″W / 47.92528°N 97.03250°W / 47.92528; -97.03250Coordinates: 47°55′31″N 97°1′57″W / 47.92528°N 97.03250°W / 47.92528; -97.03250
Country United States
State North Dakota
MetroGreater Grand Forks
CountyGrand Forks
FoundedJune 15, 1870
IncorporatedFebruary 22, 1881
Government
 • MayorMichael Brown
Area
 • City20.09 sq mi (52.03 km2)
 • Land19.91 sq mi (51.57 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
Elevation
843 ft (257 m)
Population
 • City52,838
 • Estimate 
(2016)
57,339
 • RankUS: 651st
 • Density2,600/sq mi (1,000/km2)
 • Urban
61,270 (U.S. 440th)
 • Metro
102,449 (U.S. 348th)
Time zoneUTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
58201-58203
Area code(s)701
FIPS code38-32060
GNIS feature ID1029197 [1]
HighwaysI-29, US 2, US 2 Bus., US 81, US 81 Bus., ND 297
Websitegrandforksgov.com

Grand Forks is a city in the U.S. state of North Dakota along the Red River of the North. It was founded by Alexander Griggs on June 15 1870. It has a population of slightly over 50,000 and is now the county seat of Grand Forks County. It is the third-largest city in the state after Fargo and Bismarck.

Across the river is East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

References[change | change source]

  1. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.