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Horace, North Dakota
Near the grain elevator within Horace
Near the grain elevator within Horace
Location of Horace, North Dakota
Location of Horace, North Dakota
Country United States
State North Dakota
County Cass
Founded 1882
 • Total 11.55 sq mi (29.91 km2)
 • Land 11.54 sq mi (29.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
915 ft (279 m)
 • Total 3,085
 • Density 255.00/sq mi (98.46/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 701
FIPS code 38-38900
GNIS feature ID 1029530

Horace is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population was 3,085.

The city is a suburb of the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. It is the sixteenth-largest city in North Dakota. Horace was founded in 1882 at a time of widespread European-American settlement in the territory.


A post office has been in operation at Horace since 1875. The city is named after Horace Greeley of Chappaqua, New York, editor of the New York Tribune. Greeley encouraged western settlement with the motto "Go West, young man".

The city is bordered on the west by the Sheyenne River, a tributary of the Red River of the North. To reduce damage from seasonal flooding, which sometimes was very severe, the state and federal government collaborated on the Sheyenne Diversion Project, constructing a canal and associated support in 1990-1992 to move Sheyenne flood waters to the west and south of Horace, and north past the western side of West Fargo. This has proved its worth, protecting the Sheyenne cities from damage that resulted from the large 1997 Red River Flood, which destroyed areas of Grand Forks and east Grand Forks to the north.


Horace is located at 46°45′35″N 96°54′15″W / 46.75972°N 96.90417°W / 46.75972; -96.90417 (46.759795, -96.904122).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.77 square miles (27.89 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 190
1960 178 −6.3%
1970 276 55.1%
1980 494 79.0%
1990 662 34.0%
2000 915 38.2%
2010 2,430 165.6%
2020 3,085 27.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,430 people, 810 households, and 682 families living in the city. The population density was 225.6 inhabitants per square mile (87.1/km2). There were 826 housing units at an average density of 76.7 per square mile (29.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.5% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 810 households, of which 50.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 4.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 15.8% were non-families. 12.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.27.

The median age in the city was 35.6 years. 33.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 4.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

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