About the City



Moorhead, Minnesota is located in Clay County and is the largest City in northwest Minnesota. Situated in the Red River Valley, Moorhead is part of a rich agricultural region that was created from silt deposits leftover when glacial Lake Agassiz melted approximately 10,000 years ago. The city borders the Red River of the North which flows northward into Manitoba, Canada and empties into Lake Winnipeg. The Red River forms the border between Minnesota and North Dakota.

Area Population

The City of Moorhead is a growing community. According to recent U.S. Census demographics, Moorhead has a population of 44,505 residents. Moorhead is part of a metropolitan area that includes the cities of Dilworth, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota and West Fargo, North Dakota. The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area has a population of over 249,800 residents.


Moorhead has exemplary public and private K-12 schools and four major institutions of higher education. In fact, Moorhead Area Public Schools, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Concordia College make up the top three principal employers in the city.


Agriculture remains prominent in the area, but Moorhead is also home to notable corporate, manufacturing and distribution industries. The unemployment rate is consistently below the national average and property values are stable. The Fargo-Moorhead area offers a quality of life that is much more affordable than other areas of the country.


Moorhead is unique in that it provides the feeling of a small town, with the amenities of a large community. There are numerous entertainment, arts and culture, dining, shopping, parks and recreation, and sports events and opportunities.  Moorhead is a safe community with community pride and a community that loves to be called “your hometown.”