Watertown NY

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Watertown, NY Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q2 2020. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2018 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Watertown Housing Market Information

With 25,290 people, 11,110 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $121,032, house prices in Watertown are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Watertown, accounting for 41.32% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Watertown include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 26.05%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 24.33%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 7.42%).

People in Watertown primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Watertown has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

The housing in Watertown was primarily built before 1939 ( 52.99%), making the housing stock in Watertown some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Watertown. The next most important housing age is between 1970-1999 ( 22.04%), followed by between 1940-1969 ( 21.64%). There's also some housing in Watertown built between 2000 and later ( 3.33%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Watertown. Fully 15.83% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Watertown homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Watertown real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Watertown Home Appreciation Rates

Some of the lowest real estate appreciation rates in America over the last ten years have been in Watertown, where house values have increased just 7.93%, which is annualized rate of 0.77%. This rate is lower than the appreciation rate found in 90% of the cities and towns in America.

Over the last year, Watertown appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Watertown's appreciation rate has been 0.98%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Watertown were at 2.98%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 12.48%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Watertown's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to New York, our data show that Watertown's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in New York.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Watertown differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Watertown - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Watertown real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,081,000 0.8
$810,001 - $1,081,000 0.3
$540,001 - $810,000 0.7
$432,001 - $540,000 0.3
$325,001 - $432,000 2.3
$216,001 - $325,000 8.5
$108,001 - $216,000 54.2
$54,001 - $108,000 26.5
$0 - $54,000 6.5

Very Low for NY
Low for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
75.4160583941606 82.3333333333333

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Watertown Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2020 Q1 - 2020 Q2
Last 12 Months:
2019 Q2 - 2020 Q2
Last 2 Years:
2018 Q2 - 2020 Q2
Last 5 Years:
2015 Q2 - 2020 Q2
Last 10 Years:
2010 Q2 - 2020 Q2
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2020 Q2
93.66% 3.28%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,234 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 39.06
Renters 60.94
Vacant 15.83

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Watertown HOMES
2000 or Newer 3.3
1970 - 1999 22.0
1940 - 1969 21.6
1939 or Older 53.0

Types of Homes

Single-Family 41.3
Townhomes 7.4
Small Apt. Buildings 26.1
Apt. Complexes 24.3
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 3.95
1 Bedroom 15.39
2 Bedrooms 31.86
3 Bedrooms 31.90
4 Bedrooms 13.00
5 or more bedrooms 3.89