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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    D+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Watertown is a town in New York with a population of 26,057. Watertown is in Jefferson County. Living in Watertown offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Watertown and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$817
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    60%
  • Own
    40%
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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
    356.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    254.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    74.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    509.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,957.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    74.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    22%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Watertown

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,339
National
$55,322
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Watertown Reviews

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There's some misconceptions with this town. First of all, the locals are very nice. The military community has people of all types so you get some rude people, but there are great things about the military community, as well.

Many black and Mexican people say the area is very racist. Im native and much darker than the locals and never felt like I was being judged. I think minorities feel threatened by the shear amount of white people, but they are super respectful. Once again, I was there 3 years and never saw any racism from the white locals. The real CONS here are high drug traffic and very long winters. The summers are incredible. The food is good and getting even better.
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I like the "small town" togetherness we have. We still look out for our neighbors, and in my line of work I see Human service agencies networking together for mutual clients, and working together on community projects. I also like the geographical region it's in. Between the thousand Island and the Adirondack mountains, It's a beautiful place.
What I'd like to see change is the opportunity for solid employment opportunities. The only real "growth" Watertown area has seen is chain restrains and retail. We have lost so may of our manufacturing and mill jobs, there isn't a lot of opportunities for long-term solid employment.
Run down, depressing small town with a handful of good people. Majority of residents are racist, small minded and overall miserable people for the most part. Military families bring a more diverse and open minded dynamic but are resented by many locals who don’t grasp the fact that if it weren’t for Fort Drum, Watertown would be a complete ghost town. The weather is bad enough, but the people are even more exhausting to deal with.