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Fergus Falls is a city in Otter Tail County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for James Fergus, developer, and for the falls of the Red River.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Minnesota named Fergus Falls. For links to other places called Fergus Falls, MN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Fergus Falls is 46.283N. The longitude is -96.077W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,181 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 14,033.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Fergus Falls demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Otter Tail County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 56537 ZIP code.
28% of Fergus Falls residents report German ancestry, and 4% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fergus Falls ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fergus Falls was $18,929, compared with $21,587 nationally.
20% of Fergus Falls residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Median rent in Fergus Falls, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $349. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $722.
Libraries in Fergus Falls include Fergus Falls Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Fergus Falls include Fergus Falls Daily Journal
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCMF.
Otter Tail County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fergus Falls political report.
The average commute time for Fergus Falls workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 1 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fergus Falls between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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