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Watford City. The city that re-invests in itself for a brighter future.

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Retail and Commercial Development:

Watford City is in the heart of the oil action and the opportunities are outstanding for new business success. There is an eminent need for many services and amenities, including retail space, restaurants, professional buildings and offices. 

Visit the  Watford City Chamber of Commerce  for information on area businesses and to become a chamber member


Current Retail and Commercial Development Opportunities


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Population by the Numbers:

Projected Population Growth

McKenzie County’s population will experience the most growth in the state,
tripling in size over the next 15 years

                           Population Growth                                            Projections
Area20002010Change201520202025Change
McKenzie County
5,737
6,360
10.9%
11,771
15,550
17,110
169%

Projected Housing Needs


Total Occupied House Units
2000-2025
Area20002010Change201520202025Change
McKenzie County
2,151
2,468
14%
4,834
6,585
7,345
197.6%

Increase in Population breakdown by age:

  • 25 – 44 year olds  - 294%
  • 45 – 64 year olds – 184%
  • Ages 65 and older – 141%
  • Ages 25 and younger – 85%

Employment by the Numbers:

  • In 2014, an average of 24,012 jobs were supported by oil and gas extraction and direct support activities in North Dakota
  • Each drilling rig results in about 120 direct and indirect jobs
  • 193 rigs on average operated in North Dakota in 2013. The drilling rig count is a prime barometer for measuring new oil and gas activity. The all-time high was 218 rigs on May 29, 2012.

Projected Increase in Income Change

Number of households by income levels  as a percent of the Median Family Income

Area20102025 Change


Less than $20,000 in 2010


McKenzie
County
444
1,176
164.9%

$20,000 to $29,000 in 2010

McKenzie
County
278
802
188.5%

$30,000 to $49,000 in 2010

McKenzie
County
557
1,659
197.8%

$50,000 to $74,999 in 2010

McKenzie
County
552
1,747
216.5%

$75,000 or more in 2010

McKenzie
County
637
1,961
207.8%


Oil Industry by the Numbers:

As of June 2014, McKenzie County was producing 32.5% of all oil coming out of North Dakota



December 2007May 2014
Producing Oil Wells
772
2,498
Oil Production BBLS:
564,966
10,458,768


Drilling Rigs:         70 in July 2014

Tax revenues generated by Oil and Gas Production Tax (5%) and Extraction Tax (6.5%) = Total Tax 11.5%
  • FY 2011: 12 month period ending 6/30/2011
    • $181,560,333 total collected from McKenzie County by state of ND
    • $11,335,131 total allocated back to McKenzie County and subdivisions
    • 6.2% Percent of total allocated back to McKenzie County and subdivisions
      (Excludes Oil and Gas Impact Grants)
  • FY 2013: 12 month period ending 6/30/2013
    • $640,106,187 total collected from McKenzie County by state of ND
    • $27,594,779 total allocated back to McKenzie County and subdivisions
    • 4.3% Percent of total allocated back to McKenzie County and subdivisions
      (Excludes Oil and Gas Impact Grants)






The Buzz

My fiancé and I bought 5.2 acres here and have built a house…our business is doing well. We can't imagine leaving our friends we've made here. It's one of the most welcoming communities I've ever moved to.

~ Samantha Utshall





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