Why McKenzie County?

McKenzie County is the epicenter of Bakken oil activity in recent years. The economic uptick tripled (and by unofficial counts, quadrupled) the community’s population in recent years. Watford City has successfully managed the growth while maintaining its sense of place, as reflected in the following aspects.

  • Family-Focused

    Maintain a family-friendly atmosphere with investments in schools, activity centers, daycares and playgrounds

  • Proactive Infrastructure

    Preservation of downtown Watford City with the Highway 85 traffic bypass, diverting truck traffic from Main Street and keeping residents safe

  • Housing Opportunities

    Encourage the planning and development of quality, affordable family housing

  • Premiere Education

    A priority on education with the development of two new state-of-the-art schools and by keeping reasonable teacher-to-child ratios.

  • Local Healthcare Options

    Provide advanced healthcare including a $76.3 million new hospital and clinic

  • Childcare

    The addition of a modern, 200-child daycare facility with professional care providers.

  • Accommodations

    Development of five new high-end hotels to facilitate industry overflow and visitors to McKenzie county.

  • City Development

    Welcomed more than 20 new restaurants and retail establishments