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Elevation: 1,739 feet
Land Area: 17.45 sq. miles/ 1,231.3 people per square mile
Average Commute: 10-15 minutes
Population 21,482 (2010 U.S. Census)



Watertown is the county seat and population center of Codington County. Home to over 21,000 people, Watertown is a vibrant, progressive community that is poised for explosive growth.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the population in Watertown grew 6.2% in the first decade of the 21st century and we expect that growth to continue in the coming decade.


Population 2013 Estimate: 21,995
Number of Households 2008-2012: 9,263
Median Household Income 2008-2012:  $43,815
Per Capita Money Income 2008-2012:   $24,647
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, State & County Quick Facts
Watertown’s population is 49.2% male and 50.8% female. The median age of a Watertown resident is 36.6 years old. The median age of the state’s population is 40.7 years old. Over 84% have a high school education and of that, 20% have a bachelors or higher degree. The cost of living index is lower than the national average.   

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Median Existing Home Price: Midwest

2011 $135,400
2012 $142,700
2013 $154,600
Source: 2014 National Association of Realtors 

New Infrastructure

The city of Watertown has invested $43.6 million dollars in infrastructure improvements over the last three years to prepare for future growth. This work included the construction of five new projects including a water treatment plant, lift station, lime lagoons, wells and a booster station totaling $23.7 million. An additional $15 million was spent on the waste water treatment facility, the construction of roads, water and sewer in industrial parks and enhancement to public facilities including a new aquatic park and library. These improvements have helped enhance the quality of life for area residents and the workforce, while still maintaining the state's lowest property tax rates and bounded indebtedness for a Class A city.

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1 East Kemp Avenue

PO Box 332

Watertown, SD 57201

Phone: (605) 884-0340

Toll Free: 1-888-898-6767

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