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Watertown, Massachusetts


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Watertown, Massachusetts

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. As of the year 2000 census, 32,986 people lived in Watertown.

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.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Watertown Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Watertown Public Transportation Use
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 6% Watertown Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Watertown Well-Paid Single Men
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Watertown Low Property Crime
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Watertown College Educated Adults
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Watertown Low Violent Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 19% Watertown Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Watertown, Massachusetts

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

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


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Female Share of the Population 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 9
Senior Citizens 9 9
Age of the Population 7 3
Racial Diversity 3 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 2
Male Share of the Population 1 1

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 1 1

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
Median Family Income 8 7
People Above Poverty 7 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Working at Home 9 7
Short Commute Times 4 7

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Living Alone 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Housing Recently Built 1 2

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Property Crime 10 4
Low Violent Crime 9 6

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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
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Watertown Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 32,986 100%
Male 15,265 46.3%
Female 17,721 53.7%
Under 18 4,659 14.1%
18+ 28,327 85.9%
65+ 5,505 16.7%
Median Age 36.7
Average Family Size 2.86
White 30,155 91.4%
African-American 572 1.7%
Asian 1,276 3.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 54 0.2%
Other 281 0.9%
Mixed Race 642 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 883 2.7%

Estimated Watertown Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 32,303
Growth -683
Growth % -2.1%

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
Irish 20.6%
Italian 19.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.6%
Armenian 8.7%
English 5.9%
Greek 4.1%
German 3.4%
French Canadian 2.7%
US/American 2.7%
Russian 2.7%
Polish 1.9%
Scottish 1.8%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
Lebanese 1.2%
Canadian 1.1%
Swedish 1%
European 0.8%
Iranian 0.7%
Portuguese 0.5%
Haitian 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
British 0.4%
Dutch 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Eastern European 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Brazilian 0.3%
Jordanian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Jamaican 0.2%
Romanian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
African 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Finnish 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Watertown 32,986 $67,441
Arlington 42,389 $78,741
Belmont 24,194 $95,057
Brookline 57,107 $92,993
Cambridge 101,355 $59,423
Newton 83,829 $105,289
Waltham 59,226 $64,595

Watertown Public Libraries

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

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(As of 2005)
Watertown - Mt. Auburn
75 Mt Auburn Street
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Watertown High Schools (2004)

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

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1. Arlington, Massachusetts 93.3   34.2% 16.8% 52.8% 31 $78,741 6% 9% 42,389 4.1% 11.5 0.3% 1.2
2. Waltham, Massachusetts 90.9   34.3% 13.1% 38.4% 25 $64,595 4.7% 17% 59,226 7% 14.4 0.5% 1.6
3. Medford, Massachusetts 90.7   28.7% 17.3% 31.7% 29 $62,409 4.9% 13.6% 55,765 6.4% 26.5 0.2% 1.6
4. Mill Valley, California 90.3   33.7% 15.4% 71% 34 $119,669 5.5% 8.6% 13,600 4.5% 18.8 0.4% 1
5. Caldwell, New Jersey 90   37.9% 17.8% 44% 28 $81,989 5% 8.8% 7,584 4.8% 9.4 0.6% 1.3
6. Salem, Massachusetts 89   34.9% 14.1% 31.1% 29 $55,635 5.6% 14.6% 40,407 9.7% 26.3 0.4% 2.1
7. Berea, Ohio 86.1   32.4% 14.3% 29.3% 23 $59,194 5% 8.5% 18,970 5.5% 19.3 0.3% 1.8
8. Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 85.9   35.9% 15.1% 22.7% 22 $50,601 5.3% 10.1% 7,589 5.8% 21.7 0.2% 2.2
9. Sierra Madre, California 85.5   35.2% 15.7% 49.7% 28 $79,588 5.3% 14.2% 10,578 3.7% 10.2 0.6% 0.5
10. Cliffside Park, New Jersey 85.1   33.7% 18.4% 32.7% 35 $54,915 4.9% 22.2% 23,007 10.7% 9.1 0.6% 1.1
11. Ridley Park, Pennsylvania 85.1   33% 19.4% 24.5% 26 $62,378 4.9% 3.1% 7,196 4.2% 9.7 0.2% 1.8
12. East Rutherford, New Jersey 85   33.4% 14.3% 25.5% 30 $59,583 5.5% 20.3% 8,716 9.6% 31.6 0.3% 0.9
13. Haddon, New Jersey 84.9   33% 20% 30.6% 24 $65,269 5.5% 4.6% 14,651 4.1% 24.2 0.2% 1.8
14. Lyndhurst, New Jersey 84.8   28.7% 17.7% 21.9% 28 $63,758 4.9% 10.1% 19,383 4.6% 17.4 0.2% 1.1
15. Woburn, Massachusetts 84.2   28.6% 15.4% 29.5% 24 $66,364 5.8% 9.4% 37,258 6.1% 20.9 0.5% 2.3
16. Stoneham, Massachusetts 83.9   30% 18.5% 31.6% 27 $71,334 5.8% 5% 22,219 4.1% 17.6 0.6% 1.7
17. Rutherford, New Jersey 83   28.5% 14.6% 40.3% 32 $78,120 5.2% 18% 18,110 3.7% 18.2 0.2% 0.6
18. Burbank, California 82.8   33.5% 12.8% 29% 27 $56,767 5.7% 27.8% 100,316 10.5% 28.4 0.4% 2.6
19. Ridgefield Park, New Jersey 82.8   29.5% 12.9% 26.1% 29 $62,414 5.9% 21.8% 12,873 6.7% 12 0.2% 0.9
20. Bayonne, New Jersey 82.7   32.8% 16.6% 20.9% 33 $52,413 5.8% 21.4% 61,842 10.1% 13.7 0.2% 3
21. North Providence, Rhode Island 82.5   34.8% 19.7% 21.2% 22 $51,655 4.5% 8% 32,411 8.1% 17.3 0.5% 1.8
22. Dover, New Hampshire 82   31.1% 13.7% 32.4% 23 $57,050 5.7% 5.5% 26,884 8.4% 23.4 0.6% 0.8
23. Barrington, New Jersey 82   33.6% 17.6% 25.8% 27 $59,706 5.8% 8.4% 7,084 1.9% 11.2 0.2% 1.1
24. Forest Hills, Pennsylvania 81.6   30.7% 21.2% 46% 29 $56,199 5.1% 5.3% 6,831 5.6% 16.3 0.1% 2.1
25. Clinton, Massachusetts 81.5   33.1% 15% 23% 25 $53,308 6% 11.8% 13,435 7.1% 4.5 0.5% 0.5
26. Palmyra, New Jersey 81.4   31.9% 13.5% 21.8% 28 $57,192 5.8% 19% 7,091 4.2% 22.7 0.3% 1.6
27. Hales Corners, Wisconsin 81.4   29% 18.5% 35% 22 $66,136 4.5% 2.8% 7,765 2% 26.9 0.4% 0.9
28. Scotia, New York 80.8   32.7% 16.7% 24.2% 23 $51,449 6% 3.3% 7,957 6.6% 30.9 0.5% 1.4
29. Richmond Heights, Ohio 80.7   33.7% 17.7% 35.7% 26 $60,136 5.3% 31% 10,944 5.3% 6.8 0.2% 0.3
30. Crafton, Pennsylvania 80.7   39.9% 14.8% 27.7% 22 $52,386 5.4% 4.5% 6,706 6.9% 27.3 0.2% 3.1
31. Willoughby, Ohio 79.9   36.2% 17.5% 23.8% 23 $53,677 5.7% 3.5% 22,621 5.8% 19.1 0.4% 1.7
32. Westlake, Ohio 78.3   31.7% 18.2% 45.3% 26 $81,223 5.1% 7.1% 31,719 2.5% 0.8 0.7% 0
33. Brookhaven, Pennsylvania 76.6   31.8% 18.4% 21.1% 26 $58,271 5.5% 4.4% 7,985 3.6% 19.7 0.2% 2.8
34. Clawson, Michigan 76.5   35.4% 15.2% 26.1% 23 $64,684 5.5% 3.9% 12,732 3.5% 15.4 0.1% 0.8
35. Benbrook, Texas 74.6   28.4% 14.7% 32.6% 25 $63,529 5.9% 11.7% 20,208 4.4% 27.3 0.1% 1.7
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