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Watford City, North Dakota

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Watford City Hidatsa: abaʔaruʔush,5 founded in 1914, is a city in and the county seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota, United States6 The population was 1,744 at the 2010 census7 and the Census Bureau gave the 2015 estimated population as 6,708, making Watford City the twelfth largest city in North Dakota Because Watford City is part of the Bakken field, the North Dakota oil boom has significantly increased population and construction since the 2010 census8

The main offices of Frontier Energy Group, First International Bank, and the headquarters of McKenzie Electric Cooperative are in Watford City The local newspaper is the McKenzie County Farmer

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Geography
  • 3 Demographics
    • 31 2010 census
    • 32 2000 census
  • 4 Education
  • 5 Sites of interest
  • 6 Climate
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Historyedit

In 1913, a few prospective businessmen located on the townsite of the future Watford City in anticipation of the arrival of the first Great Northern Railroad train The Northern Land and Townsite Company, a division of the Great Northern, platted the town and sold lots in June 1914 Building began immediately, and many businesses and homes were moved from Schafer, which eventually became a ghost town Watford was incorporated in June 1915, and was named by Dr Vaughan G Morris 1879–1940 for his hometown of Watford, Ontario910 A year later the town added "City" to its name to differentiate itself from Wolford in Pierce County11

The Great Northern planned to extend its line to New Rockford and in 1914 began building the "Madson Grade," one of the longest dirt filled railroad grades in the country about a mile west of town Two years later the grade was ninety feet high and nearly a mile long, but the project was abandoned shortly before the United States entered World War I9

Village officers were elected in 1915, and they concerned themselves with such tasks as impounding stray horses and cattle, prohibiting swine and chickens from town, locating hitching posts, and removing hay stacks from Main Street9 The town had a band and baseball team from its founding A school and several churches were also constructed almost immediately During the Great Depression, a water and sanitary system was completed using labor mostly paid by the Public Works Administration9

In 1940, Watford City won a hotly contested campaign for county seat, defeating Alexander and Arnegard and taking the prize from Schafer At first there was difficulty finding suitable office space, and a recently constructed hospital was sold to the county for use as a courthouse A new hospital was dedicated in 19529 Watford City Air Force Station formally Alexander was opened nearby in 1979

Geographyedit

Watford City is located at 47°48′9″N 103°16′50″W / 4780250°N 10328056°W / 4780250; -10328056 47802603, -10328050512

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 141 square miles 365 km2, of which, 140 square miles 363 km2 is land and 001 square miles 003 km2 is water1

Demographicsedit

Census
Historical population
Pop
1920 260
1930 769 1958%
1940 1,023 330%
1950 1,371 340%
1960 1,865 360%
1970 1,768 −52%
1980 2,119 199%
1990 1,784 −158%
2000 1,435 −196%
2010 1,744 215%
Est 2016 6,390 2664%
US Decennial Census13
2015 Estimate14

2010 censusedit

As of the census2 of 2010, there were 1,744 people, 733 households, and 445 families residing in the city The population density was 1,2457 inhabitants per square mile 4810/km2 There were 873 housing units at an average density of 6236 per square mile 2408/km2 The racial makeup of the city was 936% White, 01% African American, 34% Native American, 07% Asian, 01% Pacific Islander, 03% from other races, and 16% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19% of the population

There were 733 households of which 308% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 477% were married couples living together, 71% had a female householder with no husband present, 59% had a male householder with no wife present, and 393% were non-families 347% of all households were made up of individuals and 157% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 230 and the average family size was 294

The median age in the city was 402 years 248% of residents were under the age of 18; 69% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 236% were from 25 to 44; 268% were from 45 to 64; and 178% were 65 years of age or older The gender makeup of the city was 511% male and 489% female

2000 censusedit

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,435 people, 619 households, and 378 families residing in the city The population density was 9648 people per square mile 3719/km² There were 790 housing units at an average density of 5312 per square mile 2047/km² The racial makeup of the city was 9491% White, 021% African American, 383% Native American, 007% Asian, and 098% from two or more races Hispanic or Latino of any race were 111% of the population

There were 619 households out of which 284% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 489% were married couples living together, 87% had a female householder with no husband present, and 388% were non-families 375% of all households were made up of individuals and 220% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older The average household size was 222 and the average family size was 291

In the city the population was spread out with 248% under the age of 18, 57% from 18 to 24, 204% from 25 to 44, 248% from 45 to 64, and 243% who were 65 years of age or older The median age was 44 years For every 100 females there were 888 males For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 838 males

The median income for a household in the city was $29,688, and the median income for a family was $36,850 Males had a median income of $32,250 versus $21,193 for females The per capita income for the city was $18,084 About 98% of families and 122% of the population were below the poverty line, including 150% of those under age 18 and 139% of those age 65 or over

Educationedit

  • Watford City Elementary School
  • Watford City High School

Sites of interestedit

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit
  • Maah Daah Hey Trail
  • McKenzie County Heritage Park
  • Long X Trading Post Visitor Center
  • Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County

Climateedit

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot and often humid summers and cold sometimes severely cold winters According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Watford City has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps15

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2012-06-14 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder" United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2012-06-14 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" Retrieved June 9, 2017 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names" United States Geological Survey 2007-10-25 Retrieved 2008-01-31 
  5. ^ "Hidatsa Lessons Vocab2" Hidatsa Language Program Retrieved 2012-07-17 
  6. ^ "Find a County" National Association of Counties Retrieved 2011-06-07 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Redistricting Data Public Law 94-171 Summary File" American FactFinder United States Census Bureau Retrieved 2 May 2011 
  8. ^ http://wwwwatfordcityndcom/id=10&nid=2021
  9. ^ a b c d e Watford City diamond jubilee, Watford City, North Dakota: 75 years of progress Watford City, ND: The Committee 1989 OCLC 23135720 
  10. ^ After graduating from Wayne State University, Morris first homesteaded near Schafer and then became Watford City's first doctor Eventually Morris moved to Beach He is buried in a cemetery between Watford City and Schafer
  11. ^ Wick, Douglas A 1988 North Dakota Place Names Bismarck, North Dakota: Hedemarken Collectibles ISBN 0-9620968-0-6 OCLC 191277027 
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990" United States Census Bureau 2011-02-12 Retrieved 2011-04-23 
  13. ^ "US Decennial Census" Censusgov Retrieved May 21, 2014 
  14. ^ "Population Estimates" United States Census Bureau Retrieved June 1, 2016 
  15. ^ Climate Summary for Watford City, North Dakota

External linksedit

Media related to Watford City, North Dakota at Wikimedia Commons

  • City website
  • McKenzie County Farmer website
  • Watford City golden jubilee, Watford City, North Dakota :50 years of progress 1964 from the Digital Horizons website

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