Originally Posted by judshaw
Im moving to West Fargo, ND with my hubby and son at the end of march and I need an idea of what to expect in ND I know the winter is very very COLD!!!! but im curious as to where is the best neighborhood, whats the cost of living, whats the best way to prepare for the winter (or is it still cold in march), is there a super walmart or other well known stores like (target, kmart, family dollar etc), are there any wild animals to be aware of in certain parts of ND, during the winter is it hard to get around or is the city really good at plowing the streets???? I know I have tons of questions but im moving up there in 2 weeks on a job placement and I need to know a few things about ND
There are a couple of posters here who live in Fargo....I have visited quite a bit and live a bit north of there. But let me reassure you that West Fargo is far more surburban in feel than rural and West Fargo is adjacent to Fargo and makes up along with Moorhead MN the F-M metro area with a metro area pop of nearly 200k. Fargo is the shopping hub of the area and has about every type of store and restaurant there is. Plenty of chain store along 13th Ave S (near the mall and westward off of I-29) and along 45 St SW off of I-94. Restaurants are plenty and Fargo's downtown is re-surging too.
West Fargo is more a bedroom community and is growing quickly and does have issues with crowding schools and whether to build more schools or not. I dont know as much about neighborhoods so will let anyone else talk about that. Generally south of I-94 in West Fargo and Fargo are newer than north. Cost of living is actually cheapest among all the larger ND cities. I dont rent so I dont know a whole lot about rental prices for apartments other than looking at various websites. But home prices are reasonable I think...150-200k will get a nice newer home 2000 sq ft split level.
I dont live there so how good they plow is a bit unknown to me....though as in all cities the main streets are kept pretty clear even after the biggest storm. But dont expect clear streets as the cold winter ensures that a layer of ice/snow remains on many streets for an extended period. But navagation around the area is certainly pretty good but just need to use caution.
I am no animal expert....but dont worry about wild animals.. There are buffalo and other such animals out in the badlands in southwestern ND. The F-M area and the Red River valley is farming territory and a bit different than parts of western ND where grasslands and bit more wildlife are found. We have deer and the usual smaller animals and hunting for them and birds, etc are good during the appropriate season, but that is about it.
Yes winters can be cold. Depending on where you are from it can take a bit to get used too. Tolerance to cold so depends on the person, as well as what one considers cold. Generally speaking getting above the freezing mark from Dec to Feb is something to be celebrated as it doesnt occur often. Most days will see highs 5 to 15 above and lows 5 to 15 below. You will have colder days too with wind which can make it seem quite cold. But overall the stories you may here are often a bit worse than reality.