Williams County originally referred to an area to the south-east of the present-day boundaries but the current shape took place when neighbouring Divide County was created from part of Williams County in 1910.
The county is named for a famous politician and former Mayor of Bismarck.
The county is just over 2,300 square miles in size and has a population of 22,398, according to the last census. The number of inhabitants has boomed in the last decade by more than 13%, principally due to the economic development associated with oil extraction in the Bakken formation.
The county seat of Williams County is Williston, ND, which has retained that title since the foundation of the county.
Williams County Map
Williams County Communities
Alamo | Epping | Grenora | Ray | Springbrook | Tioga | Wildrose | Williston
Williams County Administration
Official site for the county administration, with information about officials, county commissioner meetings, and property taxes.
Official city site with a good mix of administrative information, details of attractions in the town and area, and early history of the townsite.
A brief site, but with important details about the town of 600 inhabitants, services, events and statistics.
The official site of the town that styles itself "The Oil Capital of North Dakota", with information about the community, attractions, industry and administration.
Williams County Education
With information about the high school and elementary school, staff and calendar.
Grenora Public School
With school calendars and menus, sports photos and school board policy.
Ray Public School
With calendar, curriculum, school staff and administration details and information about sports and clubs.
Tioga High School
With brief details of history, senior class and graduation.
Wildrose-Alamo Public School
Williams County Weather
Five Day Forecast from the NOAA