Williston, ND Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Williston, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Williston is the 6th largest city in North Dakota with a population of 26,181 as of July 1, 2016. Williston 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 Williston is located at latitude 48.1849 and longitude -103.6384 in Williams County. The formal boundaries for the City of Williston (see map below) encompass a land area of 20.36 sq. miles and a water area of 0.15 sq. miles. Williams County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,877 feet.

The City of Williston (GNIS ID: 1036335) 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 Williston 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 Williston: Little Muddy.

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


Total Population 26,181
Population in Households 25,735
Population in Familes 19,411
Population in Group Qrtrs 446
Population Density1 1,286
Diversity Index2 36


Total Households 10,801
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 6,386
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 11,770 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,717 (57.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,084 (34.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 969 ( 8.2%)
Median Home Value $180,475
Average Home Value $197,234


Median Household Income $72,196
Average Household Income $91,659
Per Capita Income $38,119
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 8.33% 7.1%
Households 8.13% 7.09%
Families 8.12% 6.95%
Median Household Income   1.28%
Per Capita Income   0.7%
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.

Williston, ND - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Williston 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 # 6 99th
Population Density1 # 45 89th
Diversity Index2 # 25 94th
Median Household Income # 39 91st
Per Capita Income # 64 84th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Dakota Census Data Comparison Tool.