Introduction to Williston, North Dakota

Williston, North Dakota, in Williams county, is 161 miles NW of Bismarck, North Dakota and 538 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city has a population of 12,512.

Williston History

Williston was founded in 1887. The city was named in honor of Daniel Willis James, a board memeber of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company. The area was named by his friend James J. Hill, the owner of the railroad.

Williston and nearby Attractions

  • Lewis and Clark State Park
  • Sheridan County Museum
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Brand Bar Museum
  • Fort Buford State Historic Site
  • Culbertson State Museum

Things To Do In Williston

East Lawn Park and Harmon Park offer various facilities for recreation. One can also visit museums like the Pioneers Pride Museum, Culbertson Museum, Sheridan County Museum and Brand Bar Museum from Williston. The town also hosts several festivals, including the Fort Union Rendezvous every June, the Band Day Festival every May, the Moon of the Changing Colors Pow-Wow every October and the Fort Union Living History Weekend every September.

Williston Transportation

Air transportation is available fom Sloulin Field International Airport.

Williston Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at Williston State College, Minot State University, the University of Mary, Chadron State College and Bismarck State College.


Total Population 19,849
Male Share of the Population 53%
Female Share of the Population 47%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 11,244
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $43,476
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $37,895
Median Earnings With High School Degree $43,679


Median Family Income $93,904
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 29%
Median Gross Rent $757
Median House Value $172,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.1%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 13.9%

Williston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 161 miles NW of Bismarck, North Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 538 miles NW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Williams
Standard Zip Codes 58801
P.O. Box Zip Codes 58802
Phone Area Codes 701
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 48.146
Longitude -103.617

Williston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp -3 to 19 F
Apr Temp 29 to 56 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 30 to 57 F
Annual Precip 14.1 inches
Distance 35.6 miles
Jan Temp -4 to 18 F
Apr Temp 29 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 83 F
Oct Temp 31 to 57 F
Annual Precip 13.5 inches
Station SIDNEY
Distance 37.8 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 25 F
Apr Temp 32 to 61 F
Jul Temp 56 to 86 F
Oct Temp 34 to 60 F
Annual Precip 14.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Williston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bonetraill (58801)

Buford (58801)

Round Prairie (58801)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alexander 272 $97,250
Arnegard 245 $23,929
Ray 651 $66,953

Williston Public Libraries

Williston Community Library
Williston, North Dakota
(701) 774-8805
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Williston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1301 15TH AVE W
(701) 774-7400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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