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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 7,835 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 7,835 people. This is an increase of 349.25% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 445.99% 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 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 [McKenzie County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alexander
    • Alexander [McKenzie County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the west of Watford City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 375 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alexander
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alexander<6>
  • Arnegard [McKenzie County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arnegard
    • Arnegard [McKenzie County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the west of Watford City
    • Estimated population in 2019: 175 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 [McKenzie County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rawson
    • Rawson [McKenzie County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the west of Watford City
    • 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 [McKenzie County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks
    • Banks [McKenzie County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the north of Watford City
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Banks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Keene [McKenzie County]
    • Lake Jessie [Williams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Jessie
      • Lake Jessie [Williams County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Watford City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lake Jessie
    • Grassy Butte [McKenzie County]
    • Mandaree [McKenzie County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mandaree
      • Mandaree [McKenzie County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<5> to the east of Watford City
      • 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 [Williams County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williston
      • Williston [Williams County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Watford City
      • Estimated population in 2019: 29,033 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williston<6>
    • Cartwright [McKenzie County]

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About McKenzie County

About North Dakota

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Watford City. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 (or directions), 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: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Watford City

Our 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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