Williston’s economy, while historically agricultural, is
also driven by the oil industry. Williston lends its name to the Williston
Basin, a huge subterranean geologic feature known for its rich deposits of petroleum,
coal and potash. Williston sits atop the Bakken formation, which in 2014
surpassed the 1 million barrel per day production level, making North Dakota
the second highest oil producing state behind Texas. The Williston area is
the Bakken” and increasing retail investment and restaurant
offerings to give residents choices and new opportunities as quality of life
continues to improve.
The City of
Williston and Williams County
continue to work together for growth. The City of Williston has expanded by
over 10,000 acres since 2010. Investments of over $385 million in capital
improvement projects were made in 2016 and there are plans to continue projects
through 2020. Most notable projects have been in Transportation (Rail and
Roads) and the Airport, but significant improvements were seen in Public Works
and Utilities and Public Safety.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the opportunities are as vast as
the North Dakota plains. Not only is western North Dakota well-stocked with an
abundance of wildlife, but is also a destination for some of the best fishing
opportunities for walleye, northern pike, and prehistoric paddlefish. Since
2014, people have been utilizing the region’s premier fitness center: the Williston Area Recreation Center(ARC) located on Williston State College’s
campus. From wave pools and water slides, to golf simulators, batting cages,
and an arcade—the ARC has something for everyone. During warmer seasons Spring
Lake Park offers amenities like bike paths, rentable pavilions, and a dog park.
Lewis & Clark State Park, Lunds Landing, and historic places like Fort
Union and Fort Buford, the Confluence are nearby!