In the town of Williston, N.D., America's newest oil boomtown,
more than 6,000 job seekers have come from every corner of the country
looking for work. Yet, oil companies and other developers haven't been
able to build housing units fast enough.
Newer arrivals who can't find vacant hotel rooms or apartments sleep
in their cars or in sleeping bags on spare patches of grass along the
highway. The luckier ones nab a spot in one of the dozens of dorm-like
facilities, known as "man camps," that the oil companies have built to
house their workers.
The living conditions are far from ideal, but
to some of these workers the lure of doubling or tripling their
salaries far outweighs the physical and mental toll it can take.
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