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Watertown, South Dakota - Basic Facts

The City of Watertown is the 5th largest city in South Dakota with a population of 22,516 as of July 1, 2016. Watertown ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in South Dakota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Watertown is located at latitude 44.9089 and longitude -97.1561 in Codington County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watertown (see map below) encompass a land area of 17.68 sq. miles and a water area of 7.98 sq. miles. Codington County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,739 feet.

The City of Watertown (GNIS ID: 1267627) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Watertown population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.


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Watertown, SD Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)

POPULATION

Total Population 22,516
Population in Households 22,153
Population in Familes 16,880
Population in Group Qrtrs 363
Population Density1 1,273
Diversity Index2 17
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 9,850
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 5,877
Average Family Size 3

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 10,645 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,207 (58.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,643 (34.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 795 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $159,670
Average Home Value $191,437
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,820
Average Household Income $62,162
Per Capita Income $27,182
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)

GROWTH RATES

2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.75% 0.69%
Households 0.96% 0.82%
Families 0.89% 0.68%
Median Household Income   3.4%
Per Capita Income   2.2%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Watertown, SD - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watertown to the other 391 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in South Dakota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 5 99th
Population Density1 # 56 86th
Diversity Index2 # 161 60th
Median Household Income # 254 35th
Per Capita Income # 176 55th

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