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$100,000+ A Year and Living in a Parking Lot: Why One Town’s Wealthy Residents Can’t Find Homes

The Oil Boom in North Dakota "Today, the Bakken Formation is thought to be the largest oil deposit in the lower 48 states. Its 15,000 square miles -- spanning two states and two Canadian provinces -- hold some 4.3 billion barrels of oil ready to be tapped for drilling. (A forthcoming federal study will likely increase that estimate.)"

Unemployment is nearly nonexistent in the boomtown of Williston, N.D., enriched by a flurry of drilling in the Bakken oil field that reaches into Montana and Canada.

Worker accommodations in the Bakken can be rough: men sleep in barracks-style “man camps” or tiny trailers with boarded windows, parked cars and overcrowded apartments. But as the boom matures beyond an insatiable rush for bodies and beds, a number of man camps resemble luxury versions of overseas military bases and function almost like hotels. Some of these high-end camps are self-contained communities with all-you-can-eat buffets, private quarters and housekeeping services.

Williston north dakota,Boom town lots of jobs no place to stay. Not easy to get a place to live. People living in RV's if they are lucky.