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Watford City, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Watford City had a population of 3,382 as of July 1, 2016. Watford City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Watford City is located at latitude 47.802 and longitude -103.2745 in McKenzie County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watford City (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. McKenzie County is in the Mountain time zone (GMT -7). The elevation is 2,119 feet.

The City of Watford City (GNIS ID: 1036317) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Watford City population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Watford City: Banks.

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Watford City, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,382
Population in Households 3,331
Population in Familes 2,616
Population in Group Qrtrs 51
Population Density1 2,411
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 1,395
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 869
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,506 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 928 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 467 (31.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 111 ( 7.4%)
Median Home Value $128,911
Average Home Value $162,164


Median Household Income $54,664
Average Household Income $80,246
Per Capita Income $32,936
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 11.18% 8.52%
Households 10.84% 8.42%
Families 11.3% 8.42%
Median Household Income   -0.03%
Per Capita Income   -0.98%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Watford City, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watford City to the other 401 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 15 97th
Population Density1 # 5 99th
Diversity Index2 # 24 94th
Median Household Income # 236 41st
Per Capita Income # 203 50th

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