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A+ Watertown Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Watertown Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% higher than Wisconsin
Watertown
991% less expensive than the US average
Wisconsin
964% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Watertown cost of living
A- Watertown Crime Total crime is 31% lower than Wisconsin
Total crime
1,46147% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 6947% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-22%Year over year crime is down
Watertown crime
D Watertown Employment Household income is 15% lower than Wisconsin
Median household income
$46,36116% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,39222% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Watertown employment
F Watertown Housing Home value is 12% lower than Wisconsin
Median home value
$146,70021% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$77019% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%6% lower than the US average
Watertown real estate or Watertown rentals
D Watertown Schools HS graduation rate is 4% lower than Wisconsin
High school grad. rates
84%2% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:11% lower than the US average
Watertown K-12 schools or Watertown colleges

Living in Watertown, WI

Watertown is a mid-sized city located in the state of Wisconsin. The city has a population of 23,878 people. At 94%, the majority of the Watertown population is White; this is followed by 1% Black and 1% Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 76% 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 daunting task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Watertown, Wisconsin. With useful information like amenities, crime, cost of living and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Watertown and in the areas around Watertown is a much easier task.

Watertown, WI receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #361 in Wisconsin and #12,232 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Watertown has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (B+). Regrettably for Watertown, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: weather (F), education (D), employment (D) and housing (F).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Watertown on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Watertown real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Watertown. Median real estate prices in Watertown come in at $146,700, which is 12.2% lower than the Wisconsin 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 3.2, which is 3.2% higher than the Wisconsin average. Real estate appreciation rates in Watertown are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Watertown homes comes in at 4.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 2.8%.

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Compare Watertown, WI Livability To Other Cities

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Wauwatosa, WI793647,388

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They don't call it "Watertucky" for nothing.

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Thanks to the old codgers running this city for the last 100 years, who have done little to attract businesses--even discouraging large corporations for headquartering here--there is little to attraction for even the moderately educated person. Watertown is 10 miles from I-94, making commute time to Downtown Madison or Milwaukee (the cities with the most jobs) a one-hour. So basically, if you want to do anything culturally exciting, you will be driving AT LEAST 30 minutes to get to the nearest city that does offer more. Restaurants consist mostly of franchises and fast food, and the few private establishments consist of pizza parlors, Mexican, and ...well, nothing else. Shopping choices are: Walmart, Farm & Fleet, Kohls Dept. Store (in Johnson Creek), The Outlet Mall (again, in Johnson Creek) and a few boutiques. There is a large population of Mexicans and retirees, and the majority of inhabitants are blue-collar workers. Taxes, compared to neighboring cities that are considered more upscale like Oconomowoc and Delafield, are the same, so I'm not sure why Watertown believes it can tax homeowners at the same rate as those cities--cities with WAY more to offer. If you are looking to move to this area, please compare and consider living in Johnson Creek (which is right on I-94), Oconomowoc or Delafield. I sure wish somebody would have told me these things before I moved here.

P.S. If you do move here, get used to Buicks driving 8 miles/hour cutting you off and slowing you down.
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Source: The Watertown, WI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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