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 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 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%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Watertown spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.29 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

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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