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Welcome to Watford City ...

The city of Watford City is located in McKenzie County<1> and is the County Seat for McKenzie County.

The location of Watford City has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watford City has a population of 7,817 people<3> (see below for details).

Watford City was established in 1914.

The community of Watford City is 2,080 feet [634 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Watford City lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Watford City (for example, toward Fairview (MT)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Mountain Time Zone (MST/MDT).

The area code for Watford City: (701)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watford City had an population of 7,817 people. This is an increase of 348.22% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 444.74% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watford City had a population of 1,744 people (or 27.42% of the total population of McKenzie County). This makes Watford City the county's most populous community.

The population of Watford City represents 0.26% of the total population of North Dakota (which has 672,591 people), making it the state's 36th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,744 people, the population of Watford City increased 21.53% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,435 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Watford City.

Communities near Watford City ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Watford City.

  • Alexander (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexander
    • Alexander lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 352 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexander<6>
  • Arnegard (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnegard
    • Arnegard lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 179 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arnegard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arnegard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arnegard<6>
  • Rawson (12 miles [19.3 km] to the west)
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    • Rawson lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the west of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rawson have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rawson
  • Banks (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north) - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks
    • Banks was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the north of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Banks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Keene (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Lake Jessie (18 miles [29 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Jessie
    • Lake Jessie lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Watford City and is located in Williams County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Jessie
  • Charbonneau (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charbonneau
    • Charbonneau lies 23 miles [37 km]<5> to the west of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charbonneau
  • Grassy Butte (28 miles [45.1 km] to the south)
  • Mandaree (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mandaree
    • Mandaree lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<5> to the east of Watford City and is located in McKenzie County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mandaree have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mandaree
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mandaree<6>
  • Williston (29 miles [46.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williston
    • Williston lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Watford City and is located in Williams County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,749 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williston<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Watford City. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Watford City.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Watford City. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Watford City.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watford City. See our Newspapers Page for Watford City.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watford City ...

Looking for more information about Watford City? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Watford City, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Watford City.

Adding Watford City to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Watford City in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Watford City was on a map titled Map of North Dakota (from Rand McNally, 1937).

We also found Watford City on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for North Dakota (1949).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Watford City on our Genealogy Page.

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The official website for State of North Dakota: www.nd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Dakota's counties, including McKenzie, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watford City.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watford City - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Watford City) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Watford City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Watford CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Watford City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 47.8022, Longitude: -103.2719       In this case, the coordinates for Watford City have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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