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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Watertown is a town in Wisconsin with a population of 23,730. Watertown is in Jefferson County. Living in Watertown offers residents a 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
$146,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$803
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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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
    151.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    50.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    33.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    180.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,037.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    8.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 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
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Watertown

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,094
National
$55,322
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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.
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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.
I did not grow up in Watertown, WI my hometown is in southern Wisconsin so I'll give you my first impressions. I never liked Watertown because I didn't want to live here my dad made me move here to go to the Lutheran high school in town. Which is a very good school if you are Lutheran and are interested in becoming a teacher or pastor. Anyways the town itself looks very run down although along the main street there are two very nice coffee shops. Other than that and the usual grocery stores and bowling allies there is not much to do. The town in a whole is not awful because some of the people living here are so kind and genuine, you just need to find them. Also there is a little more development here such as an art and craft studio and we do have nice salons.