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Population (year 2000): 20,237. Estimated population in July 2005: 20,265 (+0.1% change)
Males: 9,942 (49.1%), Females: 10,295 (50.9%)

Codington County

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Median resident age: 35.1 years
Median household income: $34,348 (year 2000)
Median house value: $84,600 (year 2000)

Watertown, SD residents, houses, and apartments details

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Races in Watertown:

  • White Non-Hispanic (95.8%)
  • American Indian (2.2%)
  • Hispanic (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Other race (0.7%)

Ancestries: German (50.3%), Norwegian (24.3%), Irish (9.4%), English (5.3%), Dutch (4.3%), United States (3.6%).

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Elevation: 1739 feet

Land area: 15.2 square miles

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For population 25 years and over in Watertown

  • High school or higher: 84.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.9%
  • Mean travel time to work: 13.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watertown city

  • Never married: 25.6%
  • Now married: 57.3%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

1.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +2,373 (+13.3%).




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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Falls, SD Sioux (98.3 miles pop. 123,975).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: NE Omaha, (263.2 miles pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: IL Chicago, (682.4 miles pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: SD (13.9 miles Castlewood, Kranzburg, SD (14.0 miles) , SD (17.5 miles Florence, SD (18.0 miles Hayti, Goodwin, SD (18.7 miles) , Shore, SD (19.2 miles South Hazel, SD (20.5 miles) , Norden, SD (23.1 miles Lake


Single-family new house construction building permits:
  • 1996: 99 buildings, average cost: $81,600
  • 1997: 72 buildings, average cost: $88,700
  • 1998: 67 buildings, average cost: $82,100
  • 1999: 78 buildings, average cost: $90,300
  • 2000: 74 buildings, average cost: $101,600
  • 2001: 72 buildings, average cost: $115,100
  • 2002: 101 buildings, average cost: $129,200
  • 2003: 119 buildings, average cost: $137,900
  • 2004: 102 buildings, average cost: $133,600
  • 2005: 106 buildings, average cost: $139,600

Latitude: 44.90 N, Longitude: 97.12 W

Area code: 605


Watertown, South Dakota business data: stores, dealers, real estate agents, wholesalers, restaurants...

Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (21.6%), Educational,health and social services (19.0%), Retail trade (14.8%).

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,592 (+12.8%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 9,666 (90.3%)


 

Crime in Watertown by Year

Type 2000 2002 2003 2004
Murders 0 0 0 0
    per 100,000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Rapes 6 12 2 13
    per 100,000 29.6 59.3 9.9 64.2
Robberies 2 2 1 1
    per 100,000 9.9 9.9 4.9 4.9
Assaults 25 30 32 32
    per 100,000 123.5 148.2 158.1 158.1
Burglaries 98 158 110 147
    per 100,000 484.3 780.7 543.6 726.4
Thefts 595 547 430 589
    per 100,000 2940.2 2703.0 2124.8 2910.5
Auto thefts 30 40 38 40
    per 100,000 148.2 197.7 187.8 197.7
202.9 234.9 175.1 241.9


Average climate in Watertown, South Dakota

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Watertown-area historical tornado activity is near South Dakota state average. It is 9% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/18/1983, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 3.4 miles away from the Watertown city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/12/1984, a category 3 tornado 11.4 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.


Hospitals/medical centers in Watertown:
  • MEMORIAL CARE UNIT (400 10TH AVENUE NW)
  • PRAIRIE LAKES HOSP & CARE CTR (400 10TH AVENUE NW)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Watertown:
  • DEUEL COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSP &CLINIC-CAH (about 31 miles; CLEAR LAKE, SD)
  • LAKE AREA HOSPITAL-CAH (about 41 miles; WEBSTER, SD)
  • ST BERNARDS PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL - CAH (about 42 miles; MILBANK, SD)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Watertown:
  • WATERTOWN MUNI (about 3 miles; WATERTOWN, SD; ID: ATY)
  • BROOKINGS MUNI (about 47 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; ID: BKX)
  • HURON REGIONAL (about 84 miles; HURON, SD; ID: HON)
Other public-use airports nearest to Watertown:
  • CLEAR LAKE MUNI (about 32 miles; CLEAR LAKE, SD; ID: 5H3)
  • ARLINGTON MUNI (about 36 miles; ARLINGTON, SD; ID: 3A9)
  • THE SIGURD ANDERSON (about 38 miles; WEBSTER, SD; ID: 1D7)

Local government website:

Local government employment and payroll (March 2004)

Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 30 $109,316 $43,726 0 $0
Streets and Highways 11 $34,271 $37,386 5 $2,319
Natural Resources 5 $14,279 $34,269 1 $1,789
Parks and Recreation 29 $82,451 $34,117 65 $20,710
Sewerage 14 $46,492 $39,850 0 $0
Solid Waste Management 15 $39,448 $31,558 1 $768
Financial Administration 8 $22,304 $33,456 1 $878
Other Government Administration 2 $8,003 $48,018 13 $6,295
Health 1 $2,771 $33,252 0 $0
Airports 2 $5,732 $34,392 1 $233
Fire - Other 1 $2,678 $32,136 0 $0
Local Libraries 10 $27,763 $33,315 8 $3,419
Firefighters 28 $104,433 $44,757 0 $0
Police - Other 3 $7,951 $31,804 0 $0
Police Protection - Officers 38 $123,487 $38,995 1 $655
Other and Unallocable 10 $37,085 $44,502 3 $1,698
Judicial and Legal 1 $5,963 $71,556 0 $0
Gas Supply 16 $59,875 $44,906 0 $0
Water Supply 12 $49,653 $49,653 0 $0
Totals for Government 236 $783,955 $39,862 99 $38,764


College/University in Watertown:
  • LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 528; Location: 230 11TH ST NE; Public)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watertown:
  • SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 44 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Full-time enrollment: 7,353)
  • SOUTHWEST STATE UNIVERSITY (about 99 miles; MARSHALL, MN; FT enrollment: 3,405)
  • NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (about 101 miles; WAHPETON, ND; FT enrollment: 2,176)
  • NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 103 miles; ABERDEEN, SD; FT enrollment: 2,356)
  • NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 141 miles; FARGO, ND; FT enrollment: 8,836)
  • MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MOORHEAD (about 143 miles; MOORHEAD, MN; FT enrollment: 6,400)
  • CONCORDIA COLLEGE AT MOORHEAD (about 143 miles; MOORHEAD, MN; FT enrollment: 2,771)
Public high school in Watertown:
  • WATERTOWN HI SCH (Students: 1,268; Location: 200 NE 9TH ST; Grades: 09 - 12)
Private high school in Watertown:
  • GREAT PLAINS LUTH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 59; Location: 1200 LUTHRT LN NE; Grades: 9 - 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Watertown:
  • WATERTOWN JR HI (Students: 635; Location: 601 11TH ST NE; Grades: 07 - 08)
  • LINCOLN ELEM (Students: 480; Location: 1100 13TH ST NE; Grades: KG - 06)
  • JEFFERSON ELEM (Students: 476; Location: 1701 N MAPLE; Grades: PK - 06)
  • MELLETTE ELEM (Students: 322; Location: 619 2ND ST NW; Grades: KG - 06)
  • ROOSEVELT ELEM (Students: 306; Location: 412 2ND ST SE; Grades: KG - 06)
  • MCKINLEY ELEM (Students: 300; Location: 5 12TH ST SW; Grades: KG - 06)
  • GARFIELD ELEM (Students: 75; Location: 216 10TH ST SE; Grades: PK - 08)
  • LAKE AREA MULTI-DISTRICT (Location: 1311 THIRD AVENUE NE; Grades: 00 - 00)
Private primary/middle schools in Watertown:
  • IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL (Students: 191; Location: 109 3RD ST SE; Grades: PK - 6)
  • ST MARTINS LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 143; Location: 1200 SECOND STREET NE; Grades: KG - 8)
  • TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 10; Location: 1715 1ST STREET SE; Grades: 1 - 8)
  • ATCO ENTERPRISES (Students: 7; Location: 123 19TH STREET NE PO BOX 1030; Grades: UG - UG)
Libraries in Watertown:
  • WATERTOWN REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $655,093; Location: 611 BRUHN AVE NE; 67,886 books; 3,525 audio materials; 3,114 video materials; 239 serial subscriptions)
  • HAMLIN-CODINGTON REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $68,072; Location: 912 8TH ST SE; 22,230 books; 329 audio materials; 524 video materials)

Notable locations in Watertown: Camp Watymca (A), Watertown Country Club (B). their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Miracle Mall (1), Watertown Mall (2). their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mount Hope Cemetery (1), Saint Marys Cemetery (2). their locations on the map

Lake: Kampeska, Lake (A). its location on the map

Creek: Willow Creek (A). its location on the map

Parks in Watertown include: Bramble Park (1), Lynwood State Public Access Area (2), Sandy Shore State Park (3), Belmont Park (4), Riverside Park (5), Highland Park (6), Rockys Park (7), Jackson Park (8). their locations on the map


Watertown compared to South Dakota state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Strongest AM radio stations in Watertown:
  • KWAT (950 AM; 1 kW; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KSDR (1480 AM; 1 kW; WATERTOWN, SD)
  • KMSD (1510 AM; 5 kW; MILBANK, SD; Owner: BIG STONE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • KXMR (710 AM; 50 kW; BISMARCK, ND; Owner: RADIO BISMARCK MANDAN, LLC)
  • KXRB (1000 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KSOO (1140 AM; 10 kW; SIOUX FALLS, SD; Owner: SOUTHERN MINNESOTA BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • KKAA (1560 AM; 10 kW; ABERDEEN, SD; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KOKK (1210 AM; 5 kW; HURON, SD; Owner: DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Watertown:
  • KSDR-FM (92.9 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: THREE EAGLES OF BROOKINGS, INC.)
  • KIXX (96.1 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KPHR (106.3 FM; ORTONVILLE, MN; Owner: BIG STONE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KJBB (89.1 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: CHURCH PLANTERS OF AMERICA)
  • KKSD (104.3 FM; MILBANK, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPN.)
  • KDLO-FM (96.9 FM; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: SORENSON BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KCGN-FM (101.5 FM; ORTONVILLE, MN; Owner: CGN CORPORATION)
  • K211EC (90.1 FM; WATER TOWN, SD; Owner: FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER CHURCH, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Watertown:
  • K32DK (Channel 32; WATERTOWN, SD; Owner: INDEPENDENT COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KDLO-TV (Channel 3; FLORENCE, SD; Owner: YOUNG BROADCASTING OF SIOUX FALLS, INC.)
  • K47IC (Channel 47; MILBANK, SD; Owner: RED RIVER BROADCAST CO., LLC)

To understand how the electorate votes by state, you have to understand the demographics of the cities and counties in each of those states. As pollsters, we try to keep all of the important variables such as income, gender, and race consistent.

Source: City-Data.com


 

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