Watertown, NY
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Living in Watertown


Watertown is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 25,290 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Watertown is the 58th largest community in New York. Watertown has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Watertown is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Watertown is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Watertown who work in sales jobs (12.42%), food service (11.57%), and office and administrative support (11.57%).

Watertown is home to a number of people employed in the armed forces. When you visit or walk around Watertown, some of the people you will bump into will be military people In and out of uniform, jogging, shopping and generally out and about town.

One of the benefits of Watertown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.48 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The population of Watertown overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Watertown, 21.67% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Watertown in 2018 was $23,146, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,584 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Watertown include Irish, German, Italian, French, and English.

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