Introduction to Watertown, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is 28 miles NW of Waukesha, Wisconsin and 42 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of the year 2000 census, 21,598 people lived in Watertown.

Watertown History

Watertown was first settled in 1836 by Timothy Johnson, who built the first cabin in this area. The waterpower from the Rock River attracted early settlers, and was first used to power sawmills. Two hydroelectric dams were later constructed. A plank road was constructed connecting Milwaukee with Watertown in 1853. German immigrants established the first kindergarten in the United States in the area. The Milwaukee and Watertown Railroad entered the area in 1855. The city was named after Watertown, New York.

Watertown and nearby Attractions

  • Oconomowoc Historical Museum
  • Aztalan State Park
  • Little A-Merrick- Amusement Park
  • Hoard Historical Museum
  • Astico County Park
  • Tallman House

Things To Do In Watertown

Watertown is home to parks and playgrounds such as the South First Street Park, Lincoln Park, Union Park, Timothy Johnson Park, Fannie P Lewis Park and Riverside Park. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Watertown Country Club. The Astico County Park and Aztalan State Park offer opportunities for hiking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking. In addition, Watertown hosts the Fall Festival every October and the Outdoor Art Festival every June.

Watertown Transportation

Flights are available from Dane County Regional Airport.

Watertown Higher Education

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Carroll College and the Waukesha County Technical College are all nearby.


Total Population 23,878
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,862
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 51.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.8%
Median Earnings25+ $32,008
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,524
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,808


Median Family Income $64,123
% Above Poverty Level 88%
% Below Poverty Level 12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $744
Median House Value $147,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 9.9%

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

Watertown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles NW of Waukesha, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 42 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Jefferson
Standard Zip Codes 53094, 53098
Phone Area Codes 920
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.194
Longitude -88.728

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 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Distance 17.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 33 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clyman 473 $51,750
Hustisford 1,212 $61,250
Johnson Creek 2,855 $80,200
Lake Mills 5,776 $73,203
Lowell 313 $51,250
Reeseville 663 $50,714

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

Watertown Public Libraries

Watertown Public Library
100 S. WATER ST.
Watertown, Wisconsin
(920) 262-4090

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Watertown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(920) 261-4210
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

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