Moorhead, Minnesota

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Moorhead is a city located in Clay County, Minnesota. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 32,177. It is the county seat of Clay County6.

The city is on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, defined by the Red River of the North. Fargo, North Dakota is located across the river. The two communities make up the metropolitan area of Fargo-Moorhead.

The city has three institutions of higher learning: Minnesota State University Moorhead (a public university), Concordia College, (a four-year private college), and Minnesota State Community and Techical College (a two-year technical college).

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Attractions

The Hjemkomst Center is located in the city. It is a musem containing a recreation of a Viking ship. The ship, which is permanently housed in the center, was built 1984. Located on the grounds of the Hjemkomst Center is a Stave Church. The traditional Norwegian-style church serves as a symbol of the Norwegian heritage in the Red River Valley. The church is a full-scale replica of the Hopperstad stave church in Vik, Norway.

Other local attractions include the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks which is a semi-professional baseball team that plays at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo. They are part of the Northern League.

Geography

Moorhead sits in the fertile Red River Valley. The land around the Fargo-Moorhead area is some of the flattest and richest (for agricultural uses) in the world.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 34.8 km² (13.4 mi²). 34.8 km² (13.4 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 32,177 people, 11,660 households, and 7,030 families residing in the city. The population density is 924.4/km² (2,394.3/mi²). There are 12,180 housing units at an average density of 349.9/km² (906.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 92.08% White, 0.77% African American, 1.94% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.10% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. 4.47% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 11,660 households out of which 31.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 9.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% are non-families. 29.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 23.1% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 29 years. For every 100 females there are 88.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $34,781, and the median income for a family is $49,118. Males have a median income of $33,137 versus $23,717 for females. The per capita income for the city is $17,150. 16.3% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.9% of those under the age of 18 and 6.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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