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Watford City, North Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Watford City had a population of 3,883 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Watford City: Banks.

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Watford City, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 3,883
Daytime Population: Workers 1,758
Daytime Population: Residents 2,663
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,421
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.14
Population in Households 3,837
Population in Familes 2,998
Population in Group Qrtrs 46
Population Density2 2,768
Diversity Index3 35


Median Household Income $57,849
Average Household Income $85,542
Per Capita Income $35,038


Total Housing Units 1,891 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,016 (53.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 551 (29.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 324 (17.1%)
Median Home Value $135,209
Average Home Value $163,251


Total Households 1,567
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 969
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 11.67% 10.92%
Households 11.05% 10.87%
Families 11.33% 10.77%
Median Household Income   1.89%
Per Capita Income   1.52%

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, 2017 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 Density # 3 100th
Diversity Index # 26 94th
Median Household Income # 208 48th
Per Capita Income # 185 54th

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