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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$801
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%

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
    463
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    173
    41
  • Robbery
    56
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    725
    500
  • Theft
    3,561
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    90
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$40,623
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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I do not like the town of Watertown at all! There is nothing to do for young kids to keep them out of trouble, besides walk around the mall. Watertown has recently begun construction on Factory Street, Which was only supposed to take a year, but we are going on 3 years. I am trying to understand where the town got all of the money to do a 3 year construction, when we can not afford to fill in pot holes. Also The dog park should not be placed on Factory Street, as it is located right next to the Black River, which is well known for taking people under due to the draft, and seeing as how Factory is among one of the busiest streets in Watertown. If you want to approve the city we need to have more activities for younger kids to keep them off the street and away from drugs!
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There are outdoor activities to do with the family all year, like hiking, snowmobiling, river rafting, fishing, hunting, and various festivals that take place within easy driving distance throughout the year.

As far as general entertainment goes, however, there are few options available at any time of year. There are chain restaurants, but few good authentic places to eat. There are not a lot of indoor activity places to go with the family, except for the local movie theater. In fact, if you want to do something that does not involve being in the outdoors, then you have to drive over 70 miles to Syracuse.

It is a quiet, peaceful city with various outdoor activities that you can do, but few other entertainment options. And the harsh winter weather, including lake effect snow, can make it impossible to enjoy outside activities during the winter.
Watertown is a fairly small city in upstate New York. It is known for it's extremely cold winters and outdoor activities. There are four distinctive seasons, however. With summer being very warm during the day and cooling off at night.
I have lived here, on and off, for over 30 years. The best thing about this town is the close knit people who live and work here and the phenomenal school systems. One drawback of Watertown is the housing market being low and because of a major military base being close by, the rent and price of properties is especially high.