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.

Watertown Almanac

Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Waltham, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City6 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Middlesex County
Standard Zip Codes2472
P.O. Box Zip Codes2471
Company Zip Codes2477
Phone Area Codes617, 857
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Watertown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip46.9 inches
Distance10.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 35 F
Apr Temp35 to 58 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 62 F
Annual Precip48.3 inches
Distance12.9 miles
Jan Temp16 to 36 F
Apr Temp38 to 58 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Watertown Financial (2471)

Field Premium Inc (2477)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Watertown Public Libraries

Watertown Free Public Library
123 MAIN ST WATERTOWN (42.367174, -71.187126)
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-6431

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Watertown Public Schools

Watertown Middle
68 Waverley Ave
(617) 926-7783
Total Enrollment 564
246 Warren St
(617) 926-7726
Total Enrollment 283
1 Concord Rd
(617) 926-7740
Total Enrollment 674
Watertown High
50 Columbia St
(617) 926-7760
Total Enrollment 747
James Russell Lowell
175 Orchard St
(617) 926-7770
Total Enrollment 391

Watertown Private Schools

Jewish Community Day School
57 Stanley Ave
Total Enrollment 199
Beacon High School
917 Belmont St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 64
St Stephen's Armenian Elementary School
47 Nichols Ave
Total Enrollment 101
Perkins School For The Blind
175 North Beacon St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 210
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