Williams County, North Dakota

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Williams County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Williams County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting North Dakota
North Dakota's location in the U.S.
Founded December 8, 1891
Seat Williston
Largest city Williston
Area
 • Total 2,148 sq mi (5,563 km2)
 • Land 2,070 sq mi (5,361 km2)
 • Water 78 sq mi (202 km2), 3.61%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 29,595
 • Density 12/sq mi (4.8/km²)
Congressional district At-large
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.williamsnd.com

Williams County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,398.[1] Its county seat is Williston.[2]

The Williston Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Williams County. The Micropolitan Statistical Area is the fastest growing Primary Statistical Area, growing 32% in population from 2010 to 2013.

History[edit]

There have been two Williams counties in the history of North Dakota. The first, created in 1873, was located south of the Missouri River near where Dunn and Mercer counties are today. The second Williams County was established by the 1891 state legislature and consists of the contemporary Williams and Divide counties. The name comes from Erastus Appelman Williams, an early politician from Bismarck who served in both the territorial and state legislatures. The county government was first organized on December 8, 1891; Williston has always been the county seat.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,148 square miles (5,560 km2), of which 2,070 square miles (5,400 km2) is land and 78 square miles (200 km2) (3.61%) is water.[4]

Lake Sakakawea, a reservoir on the Missouri River, is situated on the southern boundary of the county. Little Muddy Creek is entirely within Williams County. The confluence of the Yellowstone River with the Missouri is west of Williston.

The Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is located in Williams County along the Missouri River on the Montana border.

Williams County is one of several western North Dakota counties with significant exposure to the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 14
1890 109 678.6%
1900 1,530 1,303.7%
1910 14,234 830.3%
1920 17,980 26.3%
1930 19,553 8.7%
1940 16,315 −16.6%
1950 16,442 0.8%
1960 22,051 34.1%
1970 19,301 −12.5%
1980 22,237 15.2%
1990 21,129 −5.0%
2000 19,761 −6.5%
2010 22,398 13.3%
Est. 2013 29,595 32.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,761 people, 8,095 households, and 5,261 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 9,680 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.95% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 4.40% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 48.3% were of Norwegian and 22.0% German ancestry according to the 2000 census.

There were 8,095 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,491, and the median income for a family was $39,065. Males had a median income of $29,884 versus $19,329 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,763. About 9.6% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

  1. 20,850 - Williston
  2. 1,565 - Tioga
  3. 766 - Ray
  4. 266 - Grenora
  5. 105 - Wildrose
  6. 99 - Epping
  7. 57 - Alamo
  8. 27 - Springbrook

Note: all incorporated communities in North Dakota are called "cities" regardless of their size.

2013 estimate population[6]

Townships[edit]

Defunct Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Print[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "County History". Official Portal for North Dakota State Government. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population for Incorporated Places in North Dakota". United States Census Bureau. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  7. ^ U.S. Census Bureau: Boundary Changes

Coordinates: 48°21′N 103°29′W / 48.35°N 103.48°W / 48.35; -103.48