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A+ Watertown Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Watertown Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% higher than South Dakota
928% less expensive than the US average
South Dakota
9010% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Watertown cost of living
C Watertown Crime Total crime is 2% higher than South Dakota
Total crime
2,35615% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4315% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-26%Year over year crime is down
Watertown crime
C- Watertown Employment Household income is 8% lower than South Dakota
Median household income
$47,66414% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$26,75710% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%54% lower than the US average
Watertown employment
B- Watertown Housing Home value is 7% higher than South Dakota
Median home value
$156,50015% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$65931% lower than the US average
Home ownership
61%4% lower than the US average
Watertown real estate or Watertown rentals
C+ Watertown Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than South Dakota
High school grad. rates
88%6% higher than the US average
School test scores
52%6% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:12% lower than the US average
Watertown K-12 schools or Watertown colleges

Living in Watertown, SD

Located in the state of South Dakota, Watertown is a moderately-sized city with a population of 22,026 residents. The majority of Watertown residents report their race to be White; this is followed by American Indian and Alaskan and Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 77% of the population considered married and 61% with kids under the age of 18, Watertown could be considered a very suitable city for families.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Watertown, South Dakota. The best areas in Watertown and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the South Dakota and national averages.

Watertown, SD receives 74 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #39 in South Dakota and #6,024 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Watertown scores well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B) and housing (B-). On a less positive note, Watertown does not have favorable ranks for the following: weather (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Watertown, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Redlin Art Center, Bramble Park Zoo, and Dakota Sioux Casino.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Watertown is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Watertown come in at $156,500, which is 6.7% higher than the South Dakota average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Watertown, the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 17.9% higher than the South Dakota average.

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Well kept, but unfriendly

Uncaring, stand-offish people compared to the south. The people have a great work ethic, and keep up their property well, for the most part, but they just don't care about other people outside of their personal zone. They'll talk to you, but don't expect any hospitality. The summer weather is great. Lakes are green with algae, with lots of mosquitoes and mayflies.
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Watertown is South Dakota's Rising Star

My family has been living in Watertown for the last 12 years and has enjoyed the small-town atmosphere that provides all of the amenities to enjoy as if you were in a larger urban area. Watertown has a great educational system that my kids love to learn and interact with a diverse group of kids. Crime in Watertown is very low and it is a safe area to raise your kids without the fear of criminal activity.

Some of the places we love to go are the Bramble Park Zoo, Redfin Art Center, Watertown Stadium and the Dakota Sioux Casino. There are a lot of amenities to enjoy within this city that provides opportunities for you to enjoy not only great parks and other family-friendly amenities, but also provide opportunities for nightlife such as a casino. One of the best areas in Watertown is near Pelican Lake. Watertown is a great place to live and raise a family and I recommend it highly if you're looking to move to South Dakota.
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Source: The Watertown, SD data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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