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 29,984 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Williston: Little Muddy.

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


Total Population 29,984
Daytime Population: Workers 12,203
Daytime Population: Residents 20,987
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 33,190
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.11
Population in Households 29,548
Population in Familes 22,211
Population in Group Qrtrs 436
Population Density2 1,473
Diversity Index3 40


Median Household Income $76,159
Average Household Income $96,688
Per Capita Income $40,275


Total Housing Units 13,968 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,460 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,937 (35.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,571 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $184,177
Average Home Value $201,997


Total Households 12,397
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 7,298
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 9.16% 7.42%
Households 9.02% 7.41%
Families 8.95% 7.24%
Median Household Income   0.63%
Per Capita Income   1.41%

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, 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 # 6 99th
Population Density # 34 92nd
Diversity Index # 19 96th
Median Household Income # 38 91st
Per Capita Income # 44 89th

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