A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

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%

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

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 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.
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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.
Great for raising kids, safe neighborhoods, many job opportunities for every field. Watertown is a growing community in South Dakota and the opportunities are endless.