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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
Watertown is a town in South Dakota with a population of 22,124. Watertown is in Codington County. Living in Watertown offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Watertown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, 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
$162,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$743
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Watertown Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    201.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    80.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    17.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    241.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,384.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    85.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Watertown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$49,870
National
$55,322
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Watertown Reviews

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Watertown is a great community that have enjoyed growing up in. Here I have had many opportunities to get involved in the community, and meet new people. One thing that makes this town special is the people in it. Everyone is very friendly, and willing to go out of their way to help others. One of my favorite things to do in Watertown in the summer is to spend time at the lakes. Here I love to go boating, tubing, and spend time with friends and family. One thing I think Watertown could do to help make it better in bring more businesses in such as new restaurants, retail stores, or recreational activity centers. I am so thankful I have had a great community like Watertown to grow up in!
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I love that Watertown has a small town feel, but also has a variety of stores and restaurants similar to a big city. Everyone is very friendly in Watertown and there are many opportunities for community members to work together and make new friends. The two lakes that are near Watertown make for good Summer activities and winter activities to keep families entertained.
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!