Watertown, MA
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Watertown is a medium-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 34,319 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 90.31% 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 (14.25%), office and administrative support (11.15%), and sales jobs (9.10%).

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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Watertown use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Watertown‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Watertown is a pretty powerful place. 59.62% of the adults in Watertown have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Watertown in 2010 was $46,392, which is upper middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $185,568 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. Watertown also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.47% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Watertown include Italian, German, English, and Armenian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Watertown's cultural character, accounting for 23.12% of the city’s population.

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