Cass County, North Dakota

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Cass County is a county located in the state of North Dakota, USA. As of 2000, the population was 123,138. Its county seat is Fargo.[1] It is the most populous county in North Dakota.

Cass County is part of the Fargo, ND–MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Cass County dates back to the days of the Dakota Territory. It was one of the original counties defined in 1872, and was organized on October 27, 1873, at a meeting in Fargo. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.


Cass County is governed by a board of commissioners, each elected to a four-year term. Other elected officials include the auditor, recorder, sheriff, state's attorney, and treasurer. Appointed officials include administrator, extension agent, director of tax equalization, highway engineer, information technology coordinator, social services officer, veterans service officer, and weed control officer.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,768 square miles (4,579.1 km2), of which 1,765 square miles (4,571.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.15%) is water.


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