Watertown, MA

Watertown, MA Middlesex County

Watertown, MA - Official Website: www.ci.watertown.ma.us


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Watertown: Geese near the Falls at Laundry Brook in Watertown Square

Watertown: Charles River bend, Watertown Square

Watertown: The footbridge crossing the Charles near the Falls in Watertown Square

Watertown: Laundry Book Footbridge by the Falls at Watertown Square

 

 

 

 

Watertown Location
Watertown is located in Middlesex County in Eastern Massachusetts, six miles northwest of Boston on the Charles River. It is bordered on the North by Belmont and Cambridge, on the South by Boston and Newton, and on the West by Waltham.

Population of Watertown, MA
The population of 32,986, is settled in a land area of 4.17 square miles. The population density is 7,910 persons per square mile. Although densely settled, there are many open areas, i.e. parks, cemeteries, and riverbanks. The Town has some hills and the soil is moist and of good texture.

Weather in Watertown, MA
The town is located 30 ft. above mean sea level and has a normal January temperature of 29.9 F while normal July temperature is 73.7 F. The normal annual precipitation is 42.77 inches.

Strong Cultural Ties
Watertown has a unique human resource in the diversity of its ethnic base. The richness of ethnic heritage is a hallmark of activities, social, and civic in the Town. Strong cultural ties to the Armenian, Irish, Italian, Canadian, Greek, and other communities enrich the daily life of Watertown's residents and visitors.


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Watertown, MA Population in July 2009: 33,120. Population change since 2000: +0.4%

Watertown Latitude: 42.37 N, Longitude: 71.18 W

Elevation: 36 feet

Land area: 4.11 square miles.

Watertown, MA zip codes: 02172, 02272, 02277, 02471, 02472, 02477.

Watertown, MA Area Codes: 617, 857

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $401,937 (it was $275,900 in 2000)

Watertown : $401,937

Massachusetts: $338,500

 

 

Median prices in 2009: All housing units: $468,400; Detached houses: $482,544; Townhouses or other attached units: $410,105; In 2-unit structures: $500,517; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $570,609; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $335,247; Mobile homes: $369,377

Median gross rent in 2009: $1,339




Watertown,MA real estate house value index trend

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1996: 5 buildings, average cost: $84,000
  • 1997: 3 buildings, average cost: $76,700
  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $104,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $138,000
  • 2000: 3 buildings, average cost: $87,300
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $70,900
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 3 buildings, average cost: $179,700
  • 2004: 1 building, cost: $272,400
  • 2005: 7 buildings, average cost: $192,900
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $117,500
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $200,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $237,700

 

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $3,773 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $3,997 (0.9%)

Unemployment in March 2011:
Watertown, MA: 5.5%
Massachusetts: 8.2%

Watertown household income distribution

Watertown home values distribution

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Watertown, MA:
. Utility gas (49%)
. Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (41%)
. Electricity (8%)
. Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Population density: 8058 people per square mile in Watertown, MA (high).

Males: 15,327 (46.3%)

Females: 17,793 (53.7%)

Watertown median resident age: 36.7 years

Massachusetts median age: 36.5 years

 

For population 25 years and over in Watertown:

  • High school or higher: 87.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 47.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 21.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.8 minutes

 

For population 15 years and over in Watertown city:

  • Never married: 41.2%
  • Now married: 43.0%
  • Separated: 1.3%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 6.7%

6,707 residents are foreign born (8.5% Asia, 7.9% Europe, 2.3% Latin America).

Watertown: 20.3%

Massachusetts: 12.2%

 

 

Watertown races chart

 

  • White alone - 28,165 (86.0%)
  • Asian alone - 1,839 (5.6%)
  • Hispanic - 1,440 (4.4%)
  • Black alone - 761 (2.3%)
  • Two or more races - 347 (1.1%)
  • Other race alone - 164 (0.5%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 41 (0.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 10 (0.03%)

 

More news from Watertown, MA

Ancestries: Irish (23.1%), Italian (19.7%), English (8.8%), German (5.9%), Greek (3.8%), French (3.7%).

According to our research there were 2 registered sex offenders living in Watertown, Massachusetts in July 2011The ratio of number of residents in Watertown to the number of sex offenders is 16560 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a lot smaller than the state average.

 

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Newton, MA (2.7 miles, pop. 83,829).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (5.9 miles, pop. 589,141).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Bronx, NY (174.6 miles, pop. 1,332,650).
Nearest cities: Belmont, MA (1.2 miles ), Newton, MA (1.7 miles ), Waltham, MA (1.7 miles ), Arlington, MA (1.8 miles ), Cambridge, MA (1.9 miles ), Brookline, MA (1.9 miles ).

 

Watertown compared to Massachusetts State Average:

. Median house value significantly above state average.
. Unemployed percentage below state average.
. Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
. Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
. Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
. Renting percentage above state average.
. Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


Estimated median household income in 2009: $72,372 (it was $59,764 in 2000)

Watertown $72,372

Massachusetts $64,081

Estimated per capita income in 2009: $39,419

 

 

 

 

 

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Amtrak stations near Watertown:

  • 6 miles: BACK BAY (BOSTON, 145 DARTMOUTH ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, vending machines, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 7 miles: BOSTON, NORTH STATION (BOSTON, 126 CAUSEWAY ST.) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area.
  • 7 miles: BOSTON (SO. STA) (BOSTON, ATLANTIC AVE. & SUMMER ST.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, full-service food facilities and snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, intercity bus service, public transit connection.

 

College/University in Watertown, MA:

  • Cortiva Institute-Boston (Location: 103 Morse Street; Private, for-profit; Website: www.cortiva.com)

 

 

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watertown:

  • Boston College (about 3 miles; Chestnut Hill, MA; Full-time enrollment: 12,345)
  • Bentley University (about 3 miles; Waltham, MA; FT enrollment: 4,490)
  • Harvard University (about 4 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 19,967)
  • Lesley University (about 4 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 2,588)
  • Cambridge College (about 4 miles; Cambridge, MA; FT enrollment: 2,412)
  • Brandeis University (about 4 miles; Waltham, MA; FT enrollment: 5,001)
  • Tufts University (about 5 miles; Medford, MA; FT enrollment: 9,397)

 

Public high school in Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN HIGH (Students: 738; Location: 50 COLUMBIA STREET; Grades: 9th grade Enrollment-12th grade Enrollment)

 

Public elementary/middle schools in Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN MIDDLE (Students: 545; Location: 68 WAVERLEY AVENUE; Grades: 6th grade Enrollment-8th grade Enrollment)
  • HOSMER (Students: 545; Location: 1 CONCORD RD; Grades: Primary Kindergarten Enrollment-5th grade Enrollment)
  • JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (Students: 402; Location: 175 ORCHARD STREET; Grades: Primary Kindergarten Enrollment-5th grade Enrollment)
  • CUNNIFF (Students: 261; Location: 246 WARREN STREET; Grades: Primary Kindergarten Enrollment-5th grade Enrollment)

 

Private elementary/middle schools in Watertown:

  • JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL (Students: 170; Location: 57 STANLEY AVE; Grades: KG - 8)
  • ST STEPHEN'S ARMENIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 153; Location: 47 NICHOLS AVE; Grades: PK - 5)
  • ATRIUM SCHOOL (Students: 98; Location: 552 MAIN ST; Grades: KG - 6)

 

Library in Watertown:

WATERTOWN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,226,180; Location: 123 MAIN ST.; 109,022 books; 12,494 audio materials; 14,531 video materials; 25 local licensed databases; 31 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 296 print serial subscriptions; 2 electronic serial subscriptions)

 

 

 

 

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 6.3%
(5.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.3% for Black residents, 8.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 22.1% for other race residents, 24.3% for two or more races residents)


Average household size:

Watertown: 2.2 people

Massachusetts: 2.5 people


Percentage of family households:

Watertown: 50.1%

Whole state: 64.5%


Percentage of households with unmarried partners:

Watertown: 5.5%

Whole state: 5.4%

 

People living in group quarters in Watertown, MA:
. 658 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
. 351 people in nursing homes
. 120 people in institutions for the blind
. 54 people in religious group quarters
. 40 people in homes for the mentally retarded
. 18 people in other non-institutional group quarters
. 4 people in homes for the mentally ill

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Daytime population change due to commuting: -3,165 (-9.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 3,312 (17.5%)

 

Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations in Watertown, MA

Name

Catholic Church

United Church of Christ

Episcopal Church

United Methodist Church

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Adherents

73.6%

2.3%

2.0%

1.7%

1.3%

Congregations

18.5%

10.7%

7.3%

6.6%

1.6%

 

Name

Muslim Estimate

American Baptist Churches in the USA

Armenian Apostolic Church/Catholicossate Etchmiadzin

Unitarian Universalist Association

Other

Adherents

1.2%

1.0%

1.0%

0.9%

15.1%

Congregations

0.9%

7.6%

0.5%

4.5%

41.7%