Wahpeton developed as a frontier town and its first job was to serve the homesteaders and settlers who were flooding into the open pastures further west and north.
As the wave of expansion moved further away from the town it settled down into its role as an administrative center for the surrounding rich farmland region and as a transportation hub via the river and railroad.
As the county seat Wahpeton still enjoys this hub status, but it is also quite an important manufacturing center. The wages are slightly above the state average at $29,503, according to 2004 statistics.
Wahpeton Business and Development Resources
Site for the business communities of Wahpeton and Breckenridge, including a directory of members, details of administration and staff and calendar of events.
Wahpeton Chamber of Commerce
River Valley Concierge
Local business promotion agency for the region. With details of relocation resources, local community facilities and organizations, and employment opportunities.
Red River Valley Concierge
Agricultural equipment manufacturer based in Wahpeton. Provides details of products, show schedule, dealers and company history.
Wahpeton Real Estate
According to the local statistics, Wahpeton has just under 3,500 homes, with around 250 being available for sale at any one time.
The average price of a house in the city was $90,000 a few years ago, although there is wide range of prices with the majority of houses lying in a range between $50,000 to $150,000.