Watertown is a medium-sized city located in the state of New York. With a population of 24,838 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Watertown is the 58th largest community in New York. Watertown has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Watertown who work in sales jobs (14.26%), office and administrative support (10.59%), and food service (10.44%).
There are many members of the armed forces living in Watertown. You will notice when you visit or live here that some of the people you meet or see around town are employed by the armed services - even if they are not always in uniform.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.79 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, Watertown is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.80% of adults 25 and older in Watertown have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Watertown in 2018 was $23,147, which is low income relative to New York, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,588 for a family of four. However, Watertown contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Watertown is a very ethnically-diverse city. 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Watertown include Irish, German, Italian, French, and English.
The most common language spoken in Watertown is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.