Watertown, NY Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Watertown, New York - Basic Facts

The City of Watertown had a population of 27,064 as of July 1, 2017. Watertown ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in New York. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Watertown is located at latitude 43.9733 and longitude -75.91 in Jefferson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watertown (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.04 sq. miles and a water area of 0.35 sq. miles. Jefferson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 466 feet.

The City of Watertown (GNIS ID: 979604) 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, 2017.

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Watertown, NY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 27,064
Daytime Population: Workers 21,253
Daytime Population: Residents 14,152
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 35,405
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.31
Population in Households 26,159
Population in Familes 18,910
Population in Group Qrtrs 905
Population Density2 2,994
Diversity Index3 43


Median Household Income $39,374
Average Household Income $55,807
Per Capita Income $24,526


Total Housing Units 12,818 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,607 (35.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,828 (53.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,383 (10.8%)
Median Home Value $132,691
Average Home Value $155,215


Total Households 11,435
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 6,332
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.02% 0.0%
Households 0.03% 0.01%
Families -0.25% -0.17%
Median Household Income   -0.04%
Per Capita Income   2.02%

Watertown, NY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watertown to the other 1,196 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in New York by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 58 95th
Population Density # 276 77th
Diversity Index # 299 75th
Median Household Income # 1103 8th
Per Capita Income # 924 23rd

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