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Overview

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.

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 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population22,026
Male Share of the Population48.9%
Female Share of the Population51.1%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+11,722
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married50.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.9%
Median Earnings25+$31,241
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,427

Wealth

Median Family Income$67,350
% Above Poverty Level88.7%
% Below Poverty Level11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.3%
Median Gross Rent$659
Median House Value$156,500

Ancestry

Norwegian23.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11%
Irish8.2%
English5.3%
Dutch4.1%
Swedish3.6%
Polish2.8%
French Except Basque1.9%
Danishn1.7%
Russian1.4%
Czech1.3%
Scottish1.2%
Finnish0.9%
Italian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
Hungarian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Arab0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
German0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Watertown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Codington County
Standard Zip Codes57201
Phone Area Codes605
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.91
Approximate Longitude-97.16

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 MUNICIPAL AP
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp-0 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp34 to 57 F
Annual Precip21.9 inches
StationCASTLEWOOD
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 20 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 83 F
Oct Temp32 to 59 F
Annual Precip23.6 inches
StationCLARK
Distance30.3 miles
Jan Temp1 to 20 F
Apr Temp32 to 55 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp34 to 58 F
Annual Precip22.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Castlewood609$68,636
Florence329$65,938
Goodwin125$55,000
Henry328$52,250
Kranzburg167$63,750
South Shore207$46,250

Watertown Public Libraries

Hamlin-codington Regional Library
3 8TH AVE. SE
Watertown, South Dakota
(605) 753-1011
Watertown Regional Library
160 6TH ST NE
Watertown, South Dakota
(605) 882-6220

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Watertown Hospitals

Prairie Lakes Hospital
(Non-profit)
401 9th Avenue Northwest
(605) 882-7000

Watertown Public Schools

Garfield Elementary - 03
216 10th St Se
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6399
Primary
Total Enrollment 58
Jefferson Elementary - 09
1701 N Maple
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6390
Primary
Total Enrollment 549
Lincoln Elementary - 05
1100 13th St Ne
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6340
Primary
Total Enrollment 520
Mckinley Elementary - 06
5 12th St Sw
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6350
Primary
Total Enrollment 372
Mellette Elementary - 07
619 2nd St Nw
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6385
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Northeast Technical High School - 01
1311 3rd Ave Ne
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6380
High
Roosevelt Elementary - 08
412 2nd St Se
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6360
Primary
Total Enrollment 329
Watertown High School - 01
200 Ne 9th St
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6316
High
Total Enrollment 1184
Watertown Middle School - 02
601 11th St Ne
ZIP: 57201
(605) 882-6370
Middle
Total Enrollment 577

Watertown Private Schools

Great Plains Lutheran High School
1200 Luther Ln Ne
ZIP: 57201
Secondary
Total Enrollment 107
Immaculate Conception School
109 3rd St Se
ZIP: 57201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 187
St Martins Lutheran School
1200 2nd St Ne
ZIP: 57201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 114
Trinity Lutheran School
1800 E Kemp Ste 2
ZIP: 57201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
Watertown Christian School
15 12th Ave Ne
ZIP: 57201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 71
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