Watertown, SD Population

By | June 28, 2019

Population: 20,237. Estimated population in 2021: 20,265 (+0.1% change)
Males: 9,942 (49.1%), Females: 10,295 (50.9%)

Codington County

Zip code: 57201

Median resident age: 35.1 years
Median household income: $34,348
Median house value: $84,600

Races in Watertown:

  • White Non-Hispanic (95.8%)
  • American Indian (2.2%)
  • Hispanic (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
  • Other race (0.7%)

Ancestries: German (50.3%), Norwegian (24.3%), Irish (9.4%), English (5.3%), Dutch (4.3%), United States (3.6%).

Elevation: 1739 feet

Land area: 15.2 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Watertown

  • High school or higher: 84.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 20.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.9%
  • Mean travel time to work: 13.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watertown city

  • Never married: 25.6%
  • Now married: 57.3%
  • Separated: 0.8%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 8.3%

1.4% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +2,373 (+13.3%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers in Watertown:

  • MEMORIAL CARE UNIT (400 10TH AVENUE NW)
  • PRAIRIE LAKES HOSP & CARE CTR (400 10TH AVENUE NW)
Other hospitals/medical centers near Watertown:

  • DEUEL COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSP &CLINIC-CAH (about 31 miles; CLEAR LAKE, SD)
  • LAKE AREA HOSPITAL-CAH (about 41 miles; WEBSTER, SD)
  • ST BERNARDS PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL – CAH (about 42 miles; MILBANK, SD)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN MUNI (about 3 miles; WATERTOWN, SD; Abbreviation: ATY)
  • BROOKINGS MUNI (about 47 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Abbreviation: BKX)
  • HURON REGIONAL (about 84 miles; HURON, SD; Abbreviation: HON)
Other public-use airports nearest to Watertown:

  • CLEAR LAKE MUNI (about 32 miles; CLEAR LAKE, SD; Abbreviation: 5H3)
  • ARLINGTON MUNI (about 36 miles; ARLINGTON, SD; Abbreviation: 3A9)
  • THE SIGURD ANDERSON (about 38 miles; WEBSTER, SD; Abbreviation: 1D7)

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Watertown:

  • LAKE AREA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 528; Location: 230 11TH ST NE; Public)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watertown:

  • SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 44 miles; BROOKINGS, SD; Full-time enrollment: 7,353)
  • SOUTHWEST STATE UNIVERSITY (about 99 miles; MARSHALL, MN; Full-time enrollment: 3,405)
  • NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (about 101 miles; WAHPETON, ND; Full-time enrollment: 2,176)
  • NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 103 miles; ABERDEEN, SD; Full-time enrollment: 2,356)
  • NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 141 miles; FARGO, ND; Full-time enrollment: 8,836)
  • MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MOORHEAD (about 143 miles; MOORHEAD, MN; Full-time enrollment: 6,400)
  • CONCORDIA COLLEGE AT MOORHEAD (about 143 miles; MOORHEAD, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,771)

Schools

Public high school in Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN HI SCH (Students: 1,268; Location: 200 NE 9TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
Private high school in Watertown:

  • GREAT PLAINS LUTH HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 59; Location: 1200 LUTHRT LN NE; Grades: 9 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN JR HI (Students: 635; Location: 601 11TH ST NE; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • LINCOLN ELEM (Students: 480; Location: 1100 13TH ST NE; Grades: KG – 06)
  • JEFFERSON ELEM (Students: 476; Location: 1701 N MAPLE; Grades: PK – 06)
  • MELLETTE ELEM (Students: 322; Location: 619 2ND ST NW; Grades: KG – 06)
  • ROOSEVELT ELEM (Students: 306; Location: 412 2ND ST SE; Grades: KG – 06)
  • MCKINLEY ELEM (Students: 300; Location: 5 12TH ST SW; Grades: KG – 06)
  • GARFIELD ELEM (Students: 75; Location: 216 10TH ST SE; Grades: PK – 08)
  • LAKE AREA MULTI-DISTRICT (Location: 1311 THIRD AVENUE NE; Grades: 00 – 00)
Private primary/middle schools in Watertown:

  • IMMACULATE CONCEPTION SCHOOL (Students: 191; Location: 109 3RD ST SE; Grades: PK – 6)
  • ST MARTINS LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 143; Location: 1200 SECOND STREET NE; Grades: KG – 8)
  • TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL (Students: 10; Location: 1715 1ST STREET SE; Grades: 1 – 8)
  • ATCO ENTERPRISES (Students: 7; Location: 123 19TH STREET NE PO BOX 1030; Grades: UG – UG)

Libraries

Libraries in Watertown:

  • WATERTOWN REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $655,093; Location: 611 BRUHN AVE NE; 67,886 books; 3,525 audio materials; 3,114 video materials; 239 serial subscriptions)
  • HAMLIN-CODINGTON REGIONAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $68,072; Location: 912 8TH ST SE; 22,230 books; 329 audio materials; 524 video materials)

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