With rich farmland, open prairies, rugged badlands, newcomers and old-timers, McKenzie County is unique in its economy, landscape and attitude. With over 1.7 million acres, we are North Dakota’s largest county geographically; and one of the top two highest oil producing counties in the United States. Largely due to petroleum development in the Bakken formation and its leaders’ progressive spirits, McKenzie County’s population has more than doubled in the past decade, and Watford City—our county seat—has more than tripled in population. Our community has found ways to move forward with both upswings and downswings in agriculture and energy markets with a continual determination to make our community a better place.
Median Family Income
Wide Open Spaces
Economy at a Glance – May 2023
New clothing store now open in Watford City
2023 Legislative Session Recap