Williston is the county seat of Williams County, North Dakota, United States. The 2010 census gave its population as 14,716, and the Census Bureau gave the 2012 estimated population as 18,532, making Williston the eighth largest city in North Dakota. Founded in 1887, Williston was named for Daniel Willis James, a board member of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, by his friend, railroad owner, James J. Hill.
Williston's newspapers, both in print and online, are the daily Williston Herald and the weekly The Williston Trader . Sloulin Field International Airport is a public airport 3.2 km (2 miles) north of the business district. Williston is the home of Williston State College and the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant.