Williston, ND Profile: Facts & 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 32,171 as of July 1, 2018. 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Williston: Little Muddy.

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Williston, ND Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 32,171
Population in Households 31,735
Population in Familes 23,937
Population in Group Qrtrs 436
Population Density2 1,580
Diversity Index3 26


Median Household Income $74,608
Average Household Income $95,196
Per Capita Income $40,161


Total Housing Units 14,818 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 7,319 (49.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,157 (41.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,342 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $184,176
Average Home Value $204,416


Total Households 13,476
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 7,891
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 8.94% 6.02%
Households 8.98% 6.07%
Families 8.85% 5.87%
Median Household Income   0.77%
Per Capita Income   0.83%

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, 2018 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 # 25 94th
Diversity Index # 50 87th
Median Household Income # 70 83rd
Per Capita Income # 81 80th

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