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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 35,103. 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
35,103

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$521,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,791
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Watertown Rankings

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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
    47
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    5.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    99.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    743.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38.7
    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
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    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
    5%
    13%

Working in Watertown

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$97,929
National
$55,322
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In my opinion, Watertown is your average suburb. It’s cute, quiet, and there’s not a lot going on. Personally, it’s a nice neighborhood for kids to grow up in because it has a lot of parks and safe streets for kids to play on/near. The roads are not good and construction takes way too long that it’s ridiculous, but I have enjoyed living in Watertown!
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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!
Lived here for 5 years as a very small kid. The schools sucked with bullies everywhere, & the teachers didn't seem to care much. The teaching strategies aren't challenging for the average kid, and kids there are learning at a much slower pace than the rest of Middlesex County. Most kids had no manners, and were barely asked to quiet down. Once, a kid set up a trap for a teacher when I was in Kindergarten, and she PUNCTURED HER ARM!! Also, if somebody complains on you, the school system won't let you speak, and will silence both kids and parents alike. There's no fact checking at their schools 99.9% of the time. Thanks to the really nice teachers, the school system isn't the worst in MA.

Schools aside, the neighbors weren't pleasant, and would threaten each other and us all the time. Also, want an array of nature in your backyard? Forget it. 99% urban. Mosquitoes are aplenty as the rest of MA though. Live in the other suburbs (Lexington, Newton, Concord, etc.) and you won't regret it!