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Goal: Cass County residents will have the economic means to maintain a reasonable standard of living.

"Income that is slightly above the poverty level is not adequate for a reasonable standard of living. The indicators for this goal deal with several aspects of employment, income, and a households ability to live a decent life."[192]

Indicator 35: Median Family Income

"Income and poverty levels reflect the ability of residents to provide for themselves and their families, their capacity to support neighborhood businesses, and their prospects for building assets for the future."[193]

2000 Median Family Income

Median income of families in respective geographic areas.
Location Median Family Income
Fargo $50,486
Cass County $51,469
North Dakota $43,654
United States $50,046

According to the Census Bureau glossary:

  • "A family is a group of two or more people who reside together and who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption.
  • A household includes all the people who occupy a housing unit as their usual place of residence."

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau[194]

Median Family Income

Estimated median family income in respective geographic areas.
Location 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
*Metro $65,000 $64,100 $66,400 $69,300 $68,100
North Dakota $57,000 $56,100 $58,200 $60,700 $61,500
United States $59,600 $59,000 $61,500 $64,000 $64,400
Estimated median family income in respective geographic areas.
*Metro: Fargo, ND Moorhead, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Data Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development[195]

Indicator 36: Poverty

"Measuring the percentage of people who live in poverty gives an indication of how many people are not financially able to maintain a minimum standard of living. [196]
Percentage of individuals below poverty in respective geographic areas.
Location Population
Fargo 11.8%
Cass County 10.1%
North Dakota 11.9%
United States 12.4%
Percentage of individuals below poverty in respective geographic areas.
>Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau[194]

Indicator 37: Unemployment

"Unemployment rates are important for individuals and communities. At the individual level, unemployment reduces household income, can limit access to health insurance, and contributes to psychological stress. At the community level, increases in unemployment can be a reflection of the ability of the community to provide employment and can place demands on community services."[197]
The number of people unemployed as a percentage of the labor force in respective geographic areas.
Location 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Fargo 2.7% 2.7% 2.5% 2.8% 2.7% 4.3% 3.9%
Cass County 2.6% 2.7% 2.6% 3.0% 2.7% 4.2% 3.9%
*Metro 2.9% 2.8% 2.7% 3.3% 2.9% 4.4% 4.1%
North Dakota(SA) 3.4% 3.4% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2% 4.3% 3.9%
United States(SA) 5.5% 5.1% 4.6% 4.6% 5.8% 9.3% 9.6%
The number of people unemployed as a percentage of the labor force in respective geographic areas.
*Metro: Fargo, ND Moorhead, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area
SA: Seasonally Adjusted
Data Sources: North Dakota Job Service[198]

Indicator 38: No High School Diploma

"The level of education attained is an indirect measure of literacy in a community. Literacy is vital to the development of strong families, which are an essential element in building and maintaining healthy communities."[24]

Adults Without a Diploma in 2000

Percentage of population over 25 years with a 12th grade or less education and no diploma in respective geographic areas.
Location Adults Without a Diploma
Fargo 9.0%
Cass County 9.1%
North Dakota 16.1%
United States 19.6%
Percentage of population over 25 years with a 12th grade or less education and no diploma in respective geographic areas.
Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau[200]