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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Watertown is a town in South Dakota with a population of 22,026. Watertown is in Codington County and is one of the best places to live in South Dakota. Living in Watertown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Watertown there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Watertown and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Watertown are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$156,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$659
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Watertown Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    307
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    81
    41
  • Robbery
    36
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    329
    500
  • Theft
    2,204
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    153
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,664
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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I love Watertown, SD! It is a very nice community with a very safe reputation. It could work on plowing the roads in winter though, sometimes it is very hard to get out of my own street, but otherwise I really have enjoyed my time here!
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I am currently a student living in Watertown South Dakota as I complete my school scheduled clinical hours at the Prairie Lakes Hospital. I have lived in Watertown for most of the year and have been nothing but satisfied with the community. Great health care, community resources, and a friendly atmosphere sums up just a few of the great qualities of Watertown South Dakota has to offer. The town also offers many big name consumer stores and restaurants for people utilize and enjoy. Watertown has a little bit of everything anyone would need to feel comfortable and live well. I will be continuing my education next year, so unfortunately, I will have to move out of Watertown for awhile. However, when I am completed with my education, I would highly consider moving back to Watertown South Dakota.
I have lived in Watertown for over 18 years, I think that this is a prospering community with a flourishing housing market, a wonderful public school system and above all a very safe place to reside. Watertown is a cheap place to live compared to Sioux Falls or neighboring towns and has an incredible healthcare system. Because of the size of the town, there is hardly a commute to and from work. With this size, however, Watertown suffers from a lack of nightlife or entertainment that does not involve the casinos. Finally, Watertown has a booming career market that is able to encompass many areas of expertise. I give Watertown four stars because of its wonderful housing market, job market, and public school system.