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Overview

Introduction to Watertown, New York

Watertown, New York, in Jefferson county, is 65 miles N of Syracuse, New York and 167 miles NE of Buffalo, New York. As of the year 2000 census, 26,705 people lived in Watertown.

Watertown History

In 1800, pioneers from New Hampshire settled in the area that is presently known as Watertown. They selected in this area because of its proximity to the Black River. They had envisioned developing an industrial center that could be powered by the Black River. By the middle of the 19th century, the area had some major industries, including many paper mills. Watertown went on to be incorporated as a village in 1816 and as a city in 1869.

Watertown and nearby Attractions

  • Thompson Park
  • Thompson Park Zoo
  • Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Sci-Tech Center
  • Watertown Golf Club
  • Ives Hill Country Club

Things To Do In Watertown

Watertown is home to several architecturally significant buildings. One of them is the Jefferson County Courthouse, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Along with its rich architectural heritage, the city has a compact and walkable retail area. The neighborhood also has a couple of standard golf courses.

Watertown Transportation

Watertown International Airport is nearby.

Watertown Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at the local Jefferson Community College. Other nearby institutions include SUNY College and Le Moyne College.

Demographics

People

Total Population26,437
Male Share of the Population50.3%
Female Share of the Population49.7%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+12,247
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married42.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.1%
Median Earnings25+$30,832
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,241
Median Earnings With High School Degree$20,415

Wealth

Median Family Income$47,577
% Above Poverty Level75.3%
% Below Poverty Level24.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.4%
Median Gross Rent$826
Median House Value$131,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.7%
Irish20.7%
Italian14.8%
German12.3%
French Except Basque9.8%
English8.3%
Polish3%
Canadian2.7%
Scottish2%
Dutch1.6%
Welsh0.9%
West Indian0.8%
Jamaican0.8%
Arab0.6%
Hungarian0.5%
Swiss0.5%
African0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Russian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Syrian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
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Watertown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes13601, 13603, 13602
Phone Area Codes315
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude43.97
Approximate Longitude-75.91

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)

StationWATERTOWN
Distance1.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp35 to 53 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp39 to 57 F
Annual Precip42.5 inches
StationWATERTOWN AP
Distance5.5 miles
Jan Temp8 to 30 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp57 to 80 F
Oct Temp37 to 59 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationSTILLWATER RESERVOIR
Distance44.2 miles
Jan Temp2 to 24 F
Apr Temp28 to 49 F
Jul Temp55 to 74 F
Oct Temp35 to 53 F
Annual Precip49.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Adams Center1,587$66,923
Black River1,301$79,750
Calcium4,119$51,939
Dexter1,213$49,875
Glen Park607$59,375

Watertown Public Libraries

East Hounsfield Free Library
19438 NYS ROUTE 3
Watertown, New York
(315) 788-0637
Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library
229 WASHINGTON STREET
Watertown, New York
(315) 785-7705

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Watertown Public Schools

Case Middle School
1237 Washington St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3870
Middle
Total Enrollment 543
Harold T Wiley School
1351 Washington St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3780
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
Jefferson-lewis-hamilton-herkimer-oneida Boces
20104 State Rte 3
ZIP: 13601
(315) 779-7010
Other
Total Enrollment 311
Knickerbocker School
739 Knickerbocker Dr
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3740
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
North Elementary School
171 E Hoard St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3750
Primary
Total Enrollment 519
Ohio Street School
1537 Ohio St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3755
Primary
Total Enrollment 337
Sherman School
832 Sherman St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3760
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
Starbuck Elementary School
430 E Hoard St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3765
Primary
Total Enrollment 191
Watertown Senior High School
1335 Washington St
ZIP: 13601
(315) 785-3800
High
Total Enrollment 1086

Watertown Private Schools

Faith Fellowship Christian School
131 Moore Ave
ZIP: 13601
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 138
Immaculate Heart Central Jr/sr High School
1316 Ives St
ZIP: 13601
Secondary
Total Enrollment 319
Immaculate Heart Elementary School
122 Winthrop St
ZIP: 13601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
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