Watertown, MA
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Watertown is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 35,025 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Watertown is the 50th largest community in Massachusetts. Watertown has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Watertown home prices are not only among the most expensive in Massachusetts, but Watertown real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Watertown is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 91.88% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Watertown is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Watertown who work in management occupations (14.05%), office and administrative support (10.91%), and sales jobs (9.41%).

Also of interest is that Watertown has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Watertown is also a city of artists. Watertown has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Watertown’s character.

In addition to being popular with young singles, Watertown is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Watertown is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Watertown, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Watertown, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Watertown is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.01% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Watertown in 2010 was $48,686, which is wealthy relative to Massachusetts and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,744 for a family of four. However, Watertown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Watertown is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Watertown home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Watertown residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Watertown include Italian, English, German, and Armenian.

In addition, Watertown has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (20.17%).

The most common language spoken in Watertown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.