Our Community

Our Community


Williston is a growing community with a bright future. Our citizens breathe easy here; we know and care about one another, and we believe every person can make a difference. North Dakota consistently ranks as the #1 safest state#10 most livable state, and #9 healthiest state in the nation. Most recently, North Dakota was listed as "The Happiest State" by several outlets, based on a study by the Gallup Healthways Well-being Index.
 
The City of Williston is nestled in the northwest corner of North Dakota, just 60 miles from the Canadian border and 18 miles from the Montana border. Our economy is enriched by the oil and gas industry, agriculture and the service sector. Economic Development, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Chamber of Commerce all work together to enable Williston to shine as the "Western Star" of North Dakota.
 
It’s the variety of activities in Williston that contribute to a quality of life that is unmatched. Williston hosts the entertainment packed Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant and many other family oriented functions throughout the year, such as the Band Day, Fort Union Rendezvous, Old Fashioned Fourth of July, and Chokecherry Festival. Our schools, churches, parks and recreation, cultural opportunities, and state of the art medical facilities are the envy of small communities around the state. The largest municipally-owned recreation center, The ARC (Area Recreation Center) is located on the Williston State College campus, and attracts residents and activities from around North Dakota.
 
When you visit, you will understand why Williston is ranked #53 in Midwest Living Magazine’s 2008 "Top 100 Small Town Getaways." Nearby Links of North Dakota is ranked one of America 's 100 best modern golf courses. Beautiful Lewis and Clark State Parkcampgrounds, and several motels are anxious to make your visit an outstanding one. In our back yard are the famous Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Fort Buford State Historic Site, and Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center and we are just an hour away from the scenic Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit of the Badlands.
 
Western North Dakota is one of the finest deer and game bird hunting regions in the United States. Williston ranked #18 in the April 2008 edition of Outdoor Life Magazine’s article, "The top 200 towns for the outdoorsman." Lake Sakakawea, located 16 miles east of Williston is the largest man-made lake in the country, and is regarded as one of the premier walleye fishing lakes in the world. The Confluence area showcases seventy-plus pound paddlefish and the North Star Caviar project.
 
Check us out! With the economic growth taking place and residential development trying to keep up, now may be the time for you to make your move…to Williston. For more information please check out our Relocation Guide and our Williston Map