Watertown, SD

Census Place

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2022 Population
22,718
0.625% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Thune
Republican Party
US Senator
Mike Rounds
Republican Party
US Representative
Dusty Johnson
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
38.9
1.83% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
7.36% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$61,320
8.49% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$198,100
13.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
12,233
0.131% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Watertown, SD had a population of 22.7k people with a median age of 38.9 and a median household income of $61,320. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Watertown, SD grew from 22,577 to 22,718, a 0.625% increase and its median household income grew from $56,520 to $61,320, a 8.49% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Watertown, SD are White (Non-Hispanic) (89.6%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (2.7%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.17%), White (Hispanic) (1.66%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (1.59%).

None of the households in Watertown, SD reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Watertown, SD are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Watertown, SD are Lake Area Technical College (793 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Watertown, SD was $198,100, and the homeownership rate was 62.4%.

Most people in Watertown, SD drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 13.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Watertown, SD was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Watertown, SD is home to a population of 22.7k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.12% of Watertown, SD residents were born outside of the country (481 people).

In 2022, there were 33.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.4k people) in Watertown, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 614 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 494 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98.1%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Watertown, SD residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Watertown, SD was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Watertown, SD
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.4k ± 248
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    614 ± 173
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    494 ± 151
3.75%
Hispanic Population
851 people

In 2022, there were 33.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (20.4k people) in Watertown, SD than any other race or ethnicity. There were 614 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 494 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.75% of the people in Watertown, SD are hispanic (851 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Watertown, SD as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,032 ± 1,350 people
  2. Guatemala
    2,803 ± 1,298 people
  3. Ethiopia
    2,418 ± 1,206 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of South Dakota was Mexico, the natal country of 3,032 South Dakota residents, followed by Guatemala with 2,803 and Ethiopia with 2,418.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.12%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
481 people
2.46%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
555 people

As of 2022, 2.12% of Watertown, SD residents (481 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Watertown, SD was 2.46%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    494 ± 151
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    332 ± 168
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    294 ± 160

Watertown, SD has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.49 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Watertown, SD employs 12.2k people. The largest industries in Watertown, SD are Manufacturing (2,160 people), Retail Trade (1,642 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,538 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($76,167), Finance & Insurance ($63,030), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($58,646).

Males in South Dakota have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,552. The income inequality in South Dakota (measured using the Gini index) is 0.438, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

12.2k
2022 Value
± 889
0.131%
1 Year growth
± 9.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Watertown, SD grew at a rate of 0.131%, from 12.2k employees to 12.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Watertown, SD, are Management Occupations (1,517 people), Production Occupations (1,347 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,344 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Watertown, SD.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

12.2k
2022 Value
± 889
0.131%
1 Year growth
± 9.98%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Watertown, SD grew at a rate of 0.131%, from 12.2k employees to 12.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Watertown, SD, are Manufacturing (2,160 people), Retail Trade (1,642 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,538 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Watertown, SD, though some of these residents may live in Watertown, SD and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$49,390
Median earning men ± $3,205
$33,077
Median earning women ± $2,524

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($115,905), Information ($101,705), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,875).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,125), Manufacturing ($41,750), and Information ($40,600).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.37%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 450k people employed in South Dakota. This represents a 2.37% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.96%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in South Dakota.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in South Dakota went to Donald J. Trump with 61.8% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.63%).

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing the state of South Dakota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Watertown, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from South Dakota

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John Thune
Senator from South Dakota3
Assumed office on January 3, 2005
Mike Rounds
Senator from South Dakota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Thune and Mike Rounds are the senators currently representing South Dakota.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Watertown, SD

Dusty Johnson
South Dakota at-large Representative
Republican Party

Watertown, SD is currently represented by Dusty Johnson (Republican Party).

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the member for Watertown, SD have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Watertown, SD awarded 793 degrees. The student population of Watertown, SD in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 1,122 male students and 1,116 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Watertown, SD are White (695 and 88.1%), followed by Unknown (44 and 5.58%), American Indian or Alaska Native (21 and 2.66%), and Hispanic or Latino (12 and 1.52%).

The largest universities in Watertown, SD by number of degrees awarded are Lake Area Technical College (793 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Watertown, SD are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (77 and 9.71%), Diesel Mechanics Technology (66 and 8.32%), and Welding Technology (54 and 6.81%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 2,238 students enrolled in Watertown, SD, 50.1% men and 49.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,049 records, of which 49.6% were women and 50.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 30 degrees awarded
  2. 66 degrees awarded
  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Watertown, SD was Computer Science with 30 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Watertown, SD according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
793 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lake Area Technical College with 793 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 416 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Watertown, SD, which is 1.1 times more than the 377 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 695 degrees mean that there were 15.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 44 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,720) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($2,998) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,490) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.574% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.482% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (206k), Some college (148k), and Bachelors Degree (133k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Watertown, SD was $198,100 in 2022, which is 0.703 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $174,900 to $198,100, a 13.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Watertown, SD is 62.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Watertown, SD have an average commute time of 13.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Watertown, SD is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Watertown, SD is $61,320. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Watertown, SD was Census Tract 9543.02 with a value of $91,455, followed by Census Tract 9545.02 and Census Tract 9545.01, with respective values of $78,458 and $61,406.

Property

$198,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,030
$6,255
Median Property Taxes
±$565

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The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Watertown, SD compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

62.4%
Homeownership
2022
67.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 62.4% of the housing units in Watertown, SD were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 62%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9543.02
  2. Census Tract 9545.02
  3. Census Tract 9545.01

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Watertown, SD was Census Tract 9543.02 with a value of $91,455, followed by Census Tract 9545.02 and Census Tract 9545.01, with respective values of $78,458 and $61,406.

The following map shows all of the places in Watertown, SD colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$61,320
Median Household Income
± $4,847
10k
Number of Households
± 768

In 2022, the median household income of the 10k households in Watertown, SD grew to $61,320 from the previous year's value of $56,520.

The following chart displays the households in Watertown, SD distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Watertown, SD is from South Dakota.
0.438
2022 Wage GINI in South Dakota
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in South Dakota

In 2022, the income inequality in South Dakota was 0.438 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.26% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for South Dakota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in South Dakota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (87.1%)
  2. Carpooled (6.31%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.86%)

In 2022, 87.1% of workers in Watertown, SD drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.31%) and those who worked at home (3.86%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

13.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Watertown, SD have a shorter commute time (13.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.02% of the workforce in Watertown, SD have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Watertown, SD distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Watertown, SD have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Watertown, SD (2.73k out of 22.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Watertown, SD is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

92.2% of the population of Watertown, SD has health coverage, with 53.7% on employee plans, 8.93% on Medicaid, 13.7% on Medicare, 13.2% on non-group plans, and 2.61% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Codington County, SD see 1037 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.8% decrease from the previous year (1078 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1127 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 366 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,037 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Codington County, SD

Primary care physicians in Codington County, SD see an average of 1,037 patients per year. This represents a 3.8% decrease from the previous year (1,078 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Codington County, SD in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24.5% under 18 years, 20.9% between 18 and 34 years, 36.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 51.4% were men and 48.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.83%
Uninsured
53.7%
Employer Coverage
8.93%
Medicaid
13.7%
Medicare
13.2%
Non-Group
2.61%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Watertown, SD grew by 6.27% from 7.37% to 7.83%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Watertown, SD changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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