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Williams County, North Dakota

Williams County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Williams County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 8, 1891
Seat Williston
Largest city Williston
 • Total 2,148 sq mi (5,563 km2)
 • Land 2,077 sq mi (5,379 km2)
 • Water 70 sq mi (181 km2), 3.3%
Population (est.)
 • (2014) 32,130
 • Density 11/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.williamsndwww

Williams County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,398.[1] Its county seat is Williston.[2] As of 2013 Williams County is the fastest growing county in the United States.[3]

The Williston Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Williams County. The Micropolitan Statistical Area is the fastest growing Primary Statistical Area, growing 43.5% in population from 2010 to 2014.

In 2014, Williams County had the lowest percentage of unemployed people of any county in the United States, at 1.2 percent.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • Major highways 2.2
    • National protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Media 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Townships 5.2
    • Defunct townships 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
  • See also 6
  • References 7


There have been two Williams counties in the history of North Dakota. The first, created in 1873, was located south of the

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
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  4. ^ "Labor Force Data by County, 2014 Annual Averages". U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved July 2015. 
  5. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (April 20, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  12. ^ U.S. Census Bureau: Boundary Changes


See also

Unincorporated communities

  • Hofflund[12]

Defunct townships

  • Athens
  • Barr Butte
  • Big Meadow
  • Big Stone
  • Blacktail
  • Blue Ridge
  • Bonetraill
  • Brooklyn
  • Buford
  • Bull Butte
  • Champion
  • Climax
  • Cow Creek
  • Dry Fork
  • Dublin
  • East Fork
  • Ellisville
  • Equality
  • Farmvale
  • Golden Valley
  • Good Luck
  • Grenora
  • Hardscrabble
  • Hazel
  • Hebron
  • Judson
  • Lindahl
  • Marshall
  • Missouri Ridge
  • Mont
  • New Home
  • Oliver
  • Orthell
  • Pherrin
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Rainbow
  • Rock Island
  • Round Prairie
  • Sauk Valley
  • Scorio
  • South Meadow
  • Springbrook
  • Stony Creek
  • Strandahl
  • Tioga
  • Trenton
  • Truax
  • Twelve Mile
  • Tyrone
  • View
  • West Bank
  • Wheelock
  • Williston
  • Winner





The median income for a household in the county was $31,491, and the median income for a family was $39,065. Males had a median income of $29,884 versus $19,329 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,763. About 9.6% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

There were 8,095 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. Of all households 30.9% were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,761 people, 8,095 households, and 5,261 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 9,680 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.95% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 4.40% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.3% were of Norwegian and 22.0% German ancestry according to the 2000 census.


National protected areas

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Williams County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is located in Williams County along the Missouri River on the Montana border.

Lake Sakakawea, a reservoir on the Missouri River, is situated on the southern boundary of the county. Little Muddy Creek is entirely within Williams County. The confluence of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri is west of Williston.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,148 square miles (5,560 km2), of which 2,077 square miles (5,380 km2) is land and 70 square miles (180 km2) (3.3%) is water.[6] It is the fourth-largest county in North Dakota by area.



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