Watertown, SD
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Watertown is a medium-sized city located in the state of South Dakota. With a population of 22,073 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Watertown is the fifth largest community in South Dakota.

Unlike some cities, Watertown isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Watertown are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Watertown is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Watertown who work in office and administrative support (15.98%), sales jobs (11.29%), and food service (7.19%).

One of the benefits of Watertown is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 13.29 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 percentage of adults in Watertown who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.44% of the adults in Watertown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Watertown in 2010 was $26,389, which is upper middle income relative to South Dakota and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,556 for a family of four. However, Watertown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Native American. Important ancestries of people in Watertown include Norwegian, Irish, English, and Dutch.

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

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