Watertown, Connecticut

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Watertown, Connecticut

Introduction to Watertown, Connecticut

Watertown, Connecticut, in Litchfield county, is 4 miles NW of Waterbury, Connecticut and 74 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is included in the Waterbury metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 21,661 people lived in Watertown.

Watertown History

The area on which Watertown stands today was originally inhabited by Paugasuck Indians. The first European settlers arrived here in 1684, led by Thomas Judd. 35 prospective landowners came with Thomas Judd and purchased land from the natives. Watertown was originally a part of Westbury. It became an independent town in 1780.

Watertown and nearby Attractions

  • Crestbrook Park Golf Course
  • Watertown Historical Society
  • Old Burying Ground
  • Black Rock State Park
  • Railroad Museum of New England
  • Lock Museum of America

Things To Do In Watertown

The Crestbrook Park Golf Course is a well-maintained golf course that is popular among local golfers. There are several parks in the town, which are maintained by the Watertown Recreation Department. The department provides a host of facilities in the various parks and also arranges various special events and activities.

Watertown Transportation

Air-transportation is available from Tweed-New Haven Airport.

Watertown Higher Education

Naugatuck Valley Community College, Quinnipiac University and Yale University are some of the nearby institutions of higher education.

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High Points

Watertown strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Connecticut):

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
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Top 9% Watertown Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Watertown, Connecticut

Comparing Watertown to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Connecticut (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 8 5
Female Share of the Population 6 8
Senior Citizens 5 7
Male Share of the Population 5 3
Racial Diversity 3 5
Children Under 5 Years Old 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 6
Average Household Size 7 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 7
Low Property Crime 9 6

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Watertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles NW of Waterbury, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles NE of New York, New York
County Litchfield
Standard Zip Codes 06779, 06795
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.606
Longitude -73.118

Watertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51 inches
Distance 16.5 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.2 inches
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
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Watertown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,661 100%
Male 10,379 47.9%
Female 11,282 52.1%
Under 18 5,369 24.8%
18+ 16,292 75.2%
65+ 3,050 14.1%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 3.13
White 20,894 96.5%
African-American 162 0.7%
Asian 276 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.1%
Other 103 0.5%
Mixed Race 189 0.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 406 1.9%

Estimated Watertown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 22,330
Growth 669
Growth % 3.1%

Watertown Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 34.3%
Irish 15.6%
English 7%
French (except Basque) 6.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.1%
German 4.9%
French Canadian 4.8%
Polish 3.9%
Lithuanian 3.5%
US/American 3.2%
Portuguese 1.8%
Russian 1.6%
Scottish 1.5%
Swedish 0.9%
Albanian 0.8%
British 0.5%
Scotch-Irish 0.5%
Lebanese 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
European 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
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Watertown Public Libraries

Watertown Library Association
470 MAIN ST.
Watertown, Connecticut
(860) 945-5360
Library Web Site

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Starbucks in Watertown

(As of 2005)
1156 Main St
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Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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