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Downtown Watford City

It's thriving economy and amazing outdoor recreation makes Watford City a great place to work and play.  

This city of 2,500 in western North Dakota is central to the oil field activity that’s rapidly expanding in the area. Jobs are available not only in the oil industry but in a wide variety of fields that support oil extraction and serve the expanding population.

Nearby national parks and lakes provide endless opportunities for outdoor recreation all year round.

See the websites below for more information on Watford City, or jump to speciific sections for details on jobs, housing, demographics, daycare, schools, training, and things to do in the area.
Watford City – The city's official website, with information on government and services
Watford City Chamber of Commerce – Information on the city’s business community

McKenzie County Farmer – Latest news and information from this weekly newspaper that serves Watford City and the surrounding area

Voices of Watford City - Our people, our challenges, our story



In addition to jobs in the oil industry and its logistical support, Watford City has jobs available in a wide variety of career fields. Use the links below to find jobs currently available in your field.
Job Service ND - Official employment service of the state of North Dakota
Job Service ND - Job Fairs - Upcoming job fairs all across the state

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See the Housing section for resources for finding housing that meets your needs in the Watford City area.

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Demographic data for Watford City is available from Additional data is also available at the North Dakota Census Office.
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Child Care Aware® of North Dakota can help you find licensed daycare providers in communities all across the state. Use the online form at their website to provide information and they’ll help you find the right daycare that meets your family’s needs.

Child Care Aware® of North Dakota
Or you can call 800-997-8515 for more information.

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Watford City has one elementary school and one high school. Information about each school is available at the website of McKenzie County School District #1

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Opportunities for education and training near Watford City include Williston State College, Dickinson State University, and the Fort Berthold Community College in New Town.

See our Training section for more information, resources and links to training opportunities all across the state.

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Things To Do

The area around Watford City offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is just a few miles away, with its ruggedly beautiful scenery, wildlife, trails for hiking and biking, and wide open spaces for camping and exploring. Nearby Lake Sakakawea offers lakeside trails for hiking and biking as well as a vast expanse of clear water for boating, swimming, canoeing, jet skiing, or fishing for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch and trout. Restored forts, trading posts and historic sites invite you to explore the area’s history and culture.
McKenzie County Tourism – Attractions, events and activities in the Watford City area
Watford City Parks and Rec – A guide to the city’s parks, activities and programs for outdoor recreation

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