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  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    B+
Watertown is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 23,677. Watertown is in Jefferson County. Living in Watertown offers residents a dense 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 lean conservative. The public schools in Watertown are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$840
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Watertown Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    131.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    16.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    127
    500.1
  • Theft
    783
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    21.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    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
$49,402
National
$55,322
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Watertown Reviews

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I believe that Watertown has been a great place for me to grow up in, and I am excited as the city keeps working to improve. I've watched more local business thrive, public works projects grow, and student involvement with the community become important. I really hope that my town continues to work towards offering more opportunities for students to explore their passions. I love watching as the children's theatre at Watertown Players Inc. grows and more young people find their passion for the stage.
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Watertown is almost centrally located between Madison and Milwaukee. It is about 20 minutes from Highway 94. Even though Watertown boasts a Supercenter Walmart, Aldi, Pick n' Save, Shopko, Piggly Wiggly, a small airport, several bowling alleys, and some very good restaurants, it still feels like a small town. Be careful though, the people of Watertown can be a little stingy and want more for their money's worth. Watertown is also home of Maranatha Baptist University and a branch of MATC.
I've lived here all 22 years of my life, small little Watertown. I never really thought it was a bad place until I became older and realized how much better things are 30 minutes away. While I was a waitress at a local diner that was established in the early 30s I learned a lot about its history. It sounded like such a beautiful time when you could fill your tank with a few quarters and ride up and down main street all Sunday. However, that is not the case anymore in poor Watertown. This city of a little over 23,000 has been destroyed by the monster called heroin. It has consumed the lives of many in this small town. People either addicted, selling it or worse, dying. Teenagers, young adults in high school getting caught up with something so dangerous it has cost them their lives.