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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Watertown is a suburb of Boston with a population of 34,553. Watertown is in Middlesex County and is one of the best places to live in Massachusetts. Living in Watertown offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Watertown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Watertown and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Watertown are above average.
About Watertown...
Population
34,553

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$480,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,719
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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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
    61.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    14.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    104
    500.1
  • Theft
    812.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    42.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    22%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%

Working in Watertown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$93,171
National
$55,322
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Watertown Reviews

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We moved here as young professionals for the short commute. Our long term plan was to move to a suburb with higher ranked schools, but we've fallen in love with Watertown! There is an amazing sense of community, strong diversity, great public places, world class restaurants, and a remarkably short commute to Boston. We look forward to to raising our kids here for many years!
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This is the second time I've lived in Watertown, Ma and I love it here! It is close to convenient public transportation, quiet for proximity to more urban towns and very safe. I love all the little mom and pop stores that line Mt. Auburn and Belmont St. There is a lot of diversity, evidenced by the types of stores. My favorites include Armenian and Greek grocery stores where we get the best olive oil, feta cheese, honey and baklava. There are many great yoga studios and fitness clubs as well. The nightlife is not really existent but the local pubs are very warm and inviting to watch a sports game. If you want an affordable, community oriented/family friendly, more peaceful option to living in the city - Watertown is ideal.
Watertown is a historical town with many opportunities and is ideally located next to Boston. Relatively safe, it has burdensome traffic which exacerbates many long commutes. Rental and home values have been increasing, making Watertown increasingly affordable to those with means.