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". 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Watertown is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Watertown area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Watertown. 59.62% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.

Watertown also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 23.12%.

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