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Overview

Introduction to Watertown, Massachusetts

Watertown, Massachusetts, in Middlesex county, is 2 miles E of Waltham, Massachusetts and 6 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is included in the Boston metropolitan area.

Watertown History

Watertown is one of the oldest settlements of the Massachusetts Bay area. The earliest inhabitants of this region were the Pequossette and Nonantum Indians. Watertown was earlier named Saltonstall Plantation, as it was originally settled in 1630 by a group of settlers who were led by Sir Richard Saltonstall. It was incorporated as Watertown in September 1630.

Watertown and nearby Attractions

  • Oakley Country Club
  • Watertown Townhall
  • Historical Society of Watertown
  • Saltonstall Park
  • Armenian Library and Museum of America
  • Halecyon Lake

Things To Do In Watertown

Watertown boasts of a rich culture due to its ethnically diverse population. The town has 11 parks, several tennis and golf clubs, swimming pools, shopping malls, athletic clubs and skating rinks.

Watertown Transportation

Boston Logan International Airport is a short drive away.

Watertown Higher Education

Bentley College is very close.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Watertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 6 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 02472
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02471
Company Zip Codes 02477
Phone Area Codes 781
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.37
Longitude -71.194

Watertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BEDFORD
Distance 9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station READING
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 48.3 inches
Station FRAMINGHAM
Distance 12.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 36 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Watertown, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Watertown (02472)

Watertown Financial (02471)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 44,128 $128,930
Belmont 25,337 $141,086
Brookline 59,132 $137,120
Cambridge 107,916 $104,454
Newton 87,675 $161,101
Waltham 62,438 $91,329

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Watertown Public Libraries

Library
Watertown Free Public Library
123 MAIN ST.
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-6431
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Watertown High Schools

WATERTOWN HIGH
50 COLUMBIA STREET
617-926-7760
Serves 739 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.7

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