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Welcome to Moorhead ...

The city of Moorhead is located in Clay County<1> and is the County Seat for Clay County.

The location of Moorhead has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Moorhead: MOOR-hed<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Moorhead has a population of 43,797 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Moorhead.

Moorhead is 900 feet [274 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Moorhead lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Moorhead: (218)

The ZIP codes for Moorhead: 56560-56563<6>

Websites for Moorhead ...

Official Website: www.ci.moorhead.mn.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Moorhead had an population of 43,797 people. This is an increase of 15.06% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 36.11% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Moorhead had a population of 38,065 people (or 64.52% of the total population of Clay County). This makes Moorhead the county's most populous community.

The population of Moorhead represents 0.72% of the population of Minnesota (which has 5,303,925 people), making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 38,065 people, the population of Moorhead increased 18.3% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 32,177 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Moorhead.

Communities Also Named Moorhead ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Moorhead - they are located in Iowa, Mississippi, Montana (2) and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Moorhead.

Communities near Moorhead ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Moorhead.

  • West Fargo [Cass County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Fargo
    • West Fargo [Cass County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the west of Moorhead
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,194 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Fargo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Fargo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Fargo<8>
  • Horace [Cass County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Horace
    • Horace [Cass County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the southwest of Moorhead
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,128 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Horace have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Horace
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Horace<8>
  • Glyndon [Clay County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Glyndon
    • Glyndon [Clay County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the east of Moorhead
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,385 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Glyndon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glyndon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Glyndon<8>
  • Mapleton [Cass County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mapleton
    • Mapleton [Cass County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the west of Moorhead
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,282 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mapleton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mapleton<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Harwood [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harwood
      • Harwood [Cass County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northwest of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 835 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harwood<8>
    • Kindred [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kindred
      • Kindred [Cass County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southwest of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 802 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kindred have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kindred
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kindred<8>
    • Reile's Acres [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reile's Acres
      • Reile's Acres [Cass County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the northwest of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 748 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reile's Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reile's Acres
    • Sabin [Clay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sabin
      • Sabin [Clay County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 558 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sabin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sabin
    • Argusville [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argusville
      • Argusville [Cass County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the northwest of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 467 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Argusville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argusville
    • Oxbow [Cass County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oxbow
      • Oxbow [Cass County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the south of Moorhead
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 303 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oxbow have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oxbow

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Moorhead. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Moorhead.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Moorhead. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Moorhead.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Moorhead. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Moorhead.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Moorhead ...

Looking for more information about Moorhead? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Moorhead, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Moorhead.

Adding Moorhead to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Moorhead in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Moorhead was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Moorhead on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Minnesota (1932).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Moorhead on our Genealogy Page.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Moorhead: www.ci.moorhead.mn.us/

The official website for Clay County: www.co.clay.mn.us/

The official website for State of Minnesota: https://mn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Minnesota's counties, including Clay, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Moorhead. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Moorhead.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Moorhead - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Moorhead). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Moorhead or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Moorhead includes: 56560, 56561, 56562 & 56563.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Moorhead) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Moorhead. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MoorheadOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moorhead. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 46.8587, Longitude: -96.7426       In this case, the coordinates for Moorhead have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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