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0.57% growth
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Median Household Income
3.5% growth
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3.66% growth
Median Property Value
4.39% growth

About the photo: An old school no longer in operation, at the junction of SD Highways 26 & 45, north of Miller, SD


The economy of Watertown, SD employs 12,242 people. The economy of Watertown, SD is specialized in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; and Finance & Insurance, which employ respectively 2.22; 1.69; and 1.21 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Watertown, SD are Manufacturing (2,644), Retail trade (1,606), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (1,109), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,679), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($64,625), and Finance & Insurance ($31,228).

Median household income in Watertown, SD is $46,766. Males in Watertown, SD have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $33,540. The income inequality of Watertown, SD (measured using the Gini index) is 0.397 which is lower than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Watertown, SD. In Codington County, SD the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 100 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,332. Todd County, SD has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in South Dakota.


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Watertown, SD is home to a population of 21,919 people, from which 99% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Watertown, SD is composed of 20,371 White residents (92.9%), 662 Native residents (3.02%), 443 Hispanic residents (2.02%), 273 Two+ residents (1.25%), and 84 Black residents (0.38%). The most common foreign languages in Watertown, SD are Spanish (255 speakers), German (86 speakers), and Other Native North American (74 speakers), but compared to other places, Watertown, SD has a relative high number of Other Native North American (74 speakers), Hungarian (25 speakers), and Scandinavian (26 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Watertown, SD awarded 733 degrees. The student population of Watertown, SD is skewed away from females, with 414 male students and 319 female students. Most students in Watertown, SD are White (678 and 92.5%), followed by Unknown (31 and 4.23%), American Indian (11 and 1.5%), and Hispanic or Latino (9 and 1.23%). The largest universities in Watertown, SD by number of graduates are Lake Area Technical Institute (733 and 100%), N/A (N/A and N/A), and N/A (N/A and N/A). The most popular majors in Watertown, SD are General Agriculture Management (114 and 15.6%), Diesel Mechanics Technology (71 and 9.7%), and General Marketing & Marketing Management (40 and 5.46%). The median tuition costs in Watertown, SD are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Watertown, SD is $144,900, which is 0.74 times smaller than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $138,800 to $144,900, a 4.39% increase. The homeownership rate of Watertown, SD is 63.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Watertown, SD have an average commute time of 12.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Watertown, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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