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Overview

Introduction to Watertown, Wisconsin

Watertown, Wisconsin, in Jefferson county, is 28 miles NW of Waukesha, Wisconsin and 42 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population23,730
Male Share of the Population49.7%
Female Share of the Population50.3%
Senior Citizens15.5%
Employed Population 16+12,026
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married48.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher20.3%
Median Earnings25+$32,871
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,995
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,370

Wealth

Median Family Income$60,466
% Above Poverty Level87.8%
% Below Poverty Level12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone31.8%
Median Gross Rent$803
Median House Value$146,900

Ancestry

German50%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.3%
Irish11.6%
Polish7.3%
English5.3%
Norwegian3.6%
Italian2.9%
French Except Basque1.9%
Danishn1.4%
Dutch1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Hungarian1%
Swedish0.8%
Austrian0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Czech0.7%
Finnish0.6%
Bulgarian0.6%
Russian0.6%
Canadian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Serbian0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Australian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
African0.1%
South African0.1%
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Watertown Almanac

CategoryValue
County Dodge County, Jefferson County
Standard Zip Codes53098, 53094
Phone Area Codes920
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.25
Approximate Longitude-88.71

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
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip34.4 inches
StationLAKE MILLS
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp8 to 26 F
Apr Temp37 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.3 inches
StationHORICON
Distance17.2 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip33 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clyman428$48,750
Hustisford945$74,118
Johnson Creek2,931$89,149
Lake Mills5,816$71,148
Lowell245$46,964
Reeseville697$53,889

Watertown Public Libraries

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

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Watertown Hospitals

Uw Hlth Partners - Watertown Regional Medical Ctr
(Non-profit)
125 Hospital Dr
(920) 261-4210

Watertown Public Schools

Lincoln Elementary
210 N Montgomery St
ZIP: 53094
(920) 262-1465
Primary
Total Enrollment 172
Riverside Middle
131 Hall St
ZIP: 53094
(920) 262-1480
Middle
Total Enrollment 798
Schurz Elementary
1508 Neenah St
ZIP: 53094
(920) 262-1485
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Watertown 4 Kids
111 Dodge St
ZIP: 53094
(920) 262-1460
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Webster Elementary
634 S 12th St
ZIP: 53094
(920) 262-1490
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Douglas Elementary
1101 Prospect St
ZIP: 53098
(920) 262-1495
Primary
Total Enrollment 571
Endeavor Charter School
825 Endeavour Dr
ZIP: 53098
(920) 262-7500
High
Total Enrollment 38
Lebanon Elementary
W4712 County Road O
ZIP: 53098
(920) 925-3712
Primary
Total Enrollment 62
Watertown High
825 Endeavour Dr
ZIP: 53098
(920) 262-7500
High
Total Enrollment 1264

Watertown Private Schools

Calvary Baptist Christian School
792 Milford St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 106
Faith Lutheran School
626 Milford St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Good Shepherd Lutheran School
1611 E Main St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
Luther Preparatory School
1300 Western Ave
ZIP: 53094
Secondary
Total Enrollment 400
Maranatha Baptist Academy
745 W Main St
ZIP: 53094
Secondary
Total Enrollment 78
St Bernard School
111 S Montgomery St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 95
St Henry Catholic School
300 E Cady St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
St John's Lutheran School
317 N 6th St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
St Marks Lutheran School
706 Jones St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 247
Trinity-st Lukes Lutheran Elementary School
801 S 5th St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 95
Trinity-st Lukes Lutheran Middle School
303 Clark St
ZIP: 53094
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
Lebanon Lutheran School
N534 County Road R
ZIP: 53098
Elementary
Total Enrollment 51
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