Introduction to Watertown, South Dakota

Watertown, South Dakota, in Codington county, is 94 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and 188 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota. As of the year 2000 census, 20,237 people lived in Watertown.

Watertown History

Watertown is the county seat of Codington County. It is said that the areas was named after Watertown, New York. The city houses the Redlin Art Center, which houses a collection of many major art works created by Terry Redlin, one of the most popular wildlife artists in American history.

Watertown and nearby Attractions

  • Kampeska Heritage Museum
  • Oakwood Lakes State Park
  • Bramble Park Zoo,
  • Codington County Heritage Museum
  • Lake Area Zoological Society
  • Redlin Art Center

Things To Do In Watertown

While in Watertown, one can plan a day trip to the Bramble Park Zoo, which has a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. The Prairie Winds Golf Club is a great place for local golfers to enjoy a round. One may also visit some historic sites like the Surveyor’s House and the Ingalls House. Local festivals include the Arts Festival, organized every September, and Nordefest, celebrated every October.

Watertown Transportation

Air transportation is available from Huron Regional Airport.

Watertown Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at South Dakota State University, Northern State University and Southwest State University.


Total Population 21,919
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 12,073
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.4%
Median Earnings25+ $29,897
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,957
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,320


Median Family Income $65,108
% Above Poverty Level 88.9%
% Below Poverty Level 11.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $619
Median House Value $144,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.9%
Irish 10.3%

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

Watertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 94 miles N of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 188 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Codington
Standard Zip Codes 57201
Phone Area Codes 605
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.899
Longitude -97.114

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 2.9 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 57 F
Annual Precip 21.9 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 83 F
Oct Temp 32 to 59 F
Annual Precip 23.6 inches
Station CLARK
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 1 to 20 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 22.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Appleby (57201)

Foley (57201)

Grover (57201)

Kampeska (57201)

Pelican (57201)

Rauville (57201)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Castlewood 668 $65,326
Florence 377 $59,375
Goodwin 176 $52,708
Henry 355 $52,917
Kranzburg 157 $71,250
South Shore 179 $46,406

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

Watertown Public Libraries

Hamlin-codington Regional Library
912 8TH ST SE
Watertown, South Dakota
(605) 753-1011
Watertown Regional Library
Watertown, South Dakota
(605) 886-6220
Library Web Site

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Watertown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(605) 882-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Watertown High Schools

200 NE 9TH ST
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,268 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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