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Welcome to Grand Forks ...

The city of Grand Forks is located in Grand Forks County<1> and is the County Seat for Grand Forks County.

When the people of Grand Forks refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Grand Forker<2>

A typical abbreviation for Grand Forks: Grand Frks.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Grand Forks has a population of 56,070 people<3> (see below for details).

Grand Forks was established in 1881.

The community of Grand Forks is 830 feet [253 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Grand Forks: (701)

The ZIP code for Grand Forks: 58201<5>

Websites for Grand Forks ...

Official Website: www.grandforksgov.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Grand Forks had an population of 56,070 people. This is an increase of 6.12% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 13.68% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Grand Forks had a population of 52,838 people (or 79.03% of the total population of Grand Forks County). This makes Grand Forks the county's most populous community.

The population of Grand Forks represents 7.86% of the population of North Dakota (which has 672,591 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 52,838 people, the population of Grand Forks increased 7.13% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 49,321 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Grand Forks.

Communities Also Named Grand Forks ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Grand Forks - they are located in British Columbia and Washington.

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

Communities near Grand Forks ...

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

  • Thompson (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Thompson
    • Thompson lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Grand Forks and is located in Grand Forks County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,027 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Thompson have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Thompson
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Thompson<8>
  • Emerado (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Emerado
    • Emerado lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the west of Grand Forks and is located in Grand Forks County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 461 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Emerado have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Emerado
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Emerado<8>
  • Fisher (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fisher
    • Fisher lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southeast of Grand Forks and is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 410 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fisher have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fisher
  • Manvel (11 miles [17.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manvel
    • Manvel lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Grand Forks and is located in Grand Forks County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 372 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manvel have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manvel
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Manvel<8>
  • Alvarado (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alvarado
    • Alvarado lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the north of Grand Forks and is located in Marshall County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 362 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alvarado have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alvarado
  • Oslo (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Oslo
    • Oslo lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the north of Grand Forks and is located in Marshall County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 323 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Oslo have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oslo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oslo<8>
  • Reynolds (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reynolds
    • Reynolds lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the south of Grand Forks and is located in Grand Forks County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 299 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reynolds have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reynolds
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reynolds<8>
  • Mallory (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mallory
    • Mallory lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the east of Grand Forks and is located in Polk County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mallory have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mallory
  • Mekinock (15 miles [24.1 km] to the northwest)
  • Holmes (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holmes
    • Holmes lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Grand Forks and is located in Grand Forks County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Holmes have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holmes

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 Grand Forks. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Grand Forks.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Grand Forks. 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 Grand Forks.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Grand Forks. Our list includes 42 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Grand Forks.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Grand Forks ...

Looking for more information about Grand Forks? 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 Grand Forks, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Grand Forks.

Adding Grand Forks to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Grand Forks 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 Grand Forks was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Grand Forks on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Dakota (1937).

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

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The official website for Grand Forks: www.grandforksgov.com/

The official website for Grand Forks County: www.grandforkscountygov.com/

The official website for State of North Dakota: www.nd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Dakota's counties, including Grand Forks, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Grand Forks refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Grand Forks may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Grand Forks.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Grand Forks - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>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 Grand Forks). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Grand Forks or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>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- Grand Forks) 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 Grand Forks. 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 Grand ForksOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Grand Forks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.9163, Longitude: -97.0664    
<7>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.
<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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