Watertown, New York Population 2020

25,234

Watertown is a city located in New York. With a 2020 population of 25,234, it is the 35th largest city in New York and the 1523rd largest city in the United States. Watertown is currently declining at a rate of -0.11% annually and its population has decreased by -6.62% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,023 in 2010. Watertown reached it's highest population of 34,350 in 1950. Spanning over 9 miles, Watertown has a population density of 2,794 people per square mile.

The average household income in Watertown is $52,792 with a poverty rate of 25.60%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $817 per month, and the median house value is $126,600. The median age in Watertown is 30.7 years, 29.1 years for males, and 33.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 99.3 males.

Watertown Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Watertown was:

  • White: 83.84%
  • Black or African American: 8.02%
  • Two or more races: 4.63%
  • Asian: 1.35%
  • Native American: 1.01%
  • Other race: 0.95%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.20%
The current population of Watertown, New York is 25,234, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 25,290.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,023.

Watertown, New York Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020109,139-1,308-1.20%
2019110,447-1,308-1.18%
2018111,755-1,308-1.17%
2017113,063480.04%
2016113,015-3,388-3.00%
2015116,403-1,602-1.38%
2014118,005-510-0.43%
2013118,515-1,746-1.47%
2012120,2612,4922.07%
2011117,7691,1751.00%
2010116,5940.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White21,84583.84%
Black or African American2,0908.02%
Two or More Races1,2074.63%
Asian3531.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native2621.01%
Some Other Race2470.95%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander530.20%

Watertown Population Pyramid 2020

Watertown Median Age

30.7


Total

29.1


Male

33.1


Female

Watertown Adults

There are 19,894 adults, (3,166 of whom are seniors) in Watertown.

Watertown Age Dependency

55.8

Age Dependency Ratio

18.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

36.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Watertown Sex Ratio

Female

13,073

50.17%

Male

12,984

49.83%

Watertown Households and Families

Watertown Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Watertown Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married56.8%43.2%
Male48%52%
All40.2%59.8%
Non Family30.3%69.7%
Female29.8%70.2%

40.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All11,1102.2840.2
Non Family5,3051.2330.3
Married3,8273.1356.8
Female1,4473.4829.8
Male5313.3348

3.1

Average Family Size

2.28

Average Household Size

6.6%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Watertown Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4502.67%
9th to 12th Grade1,2047.15%
High School Graduate5,81434.50%
Some College3,94323.40%
Associates Degree1,78710.61%
Bachelors Degree2,12512.61%
Graduate Degree1,5279.06%

Watertown Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White13,98812,6263,320
Black1,1341,02396
Hispanic98184399
Multiple Races37334258
Asian26022377
Other Race16114713
Native American15213212
Islander5353

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 29.62%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,833$34,671$25,525
Less Than High School$20,855$23,269$11,690
High School Grad$21,418$26,382$19,270
Some College$30,326$33,129$25,394
Bachelors Degree$44,653$50,438$38,092
Graduate Degree$59,605$80,208$51,740

$30,833

Average Earnings

$34,671

Average Male

$25,525

Average Female

Watertown Language

Watertown Language by Age

Watertown Language

92.78% of Watertown residents speak only English, while 7.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.15% of the population.

Watertown Poverty

Watertown Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White20,1744,48122.21%
Hispanic1,9411,00351.67%
Black2,01069934.78%
Multiple1,16049442.59%
Asian3468524.57%
Native2625721.76%
Other200189.00%

25.60%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.12%

Male Poverty Rate

28.04%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watertown

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watertown is Hispanic, with 51.67% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watertown is Other, with 9.00% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.70%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.23%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 35.42%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School42.35%
High School23.32%
Some College17.98%
Bachelors or Greater7.19%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed47.83%
Male Unemployed46.29%
Female Employed15.00%
Male Employed8.26%

Watertown Income

Watertown Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$41,339$52,792
Families$47,462$63,622
Married Families$64,659-
Non Families$29,049$38,457

Watertown Marital Status

Watertown Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

38.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Watertown Married by Age and Sex

Watertown Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Watertown Marital Status by Race

Watertown Veterans

2,401

Number of Veterans

2,167

Male Veterans

234

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,157
First Gulf War541
Vietnam356
Korea117
World War II91
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,98911.97%
Black30525.80%
Hispanic21920.94%
Asian3813.43%
Other2614.21%
2 or More245.81%
Indian1911.88%

$Watertown Veterans by Education

9.92%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watertown Employment Status

63.2%

Labor Force Participation

54.7%

Employment Rate

5.9%

Unemployment Rate

Watertown Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

70.40%

Born in New York

95.66%

Native Born

4.34%

Foreign Born

2.13%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

95.66% of Watertown residents were born in the United States, with 70.40% having been born in New York. 2.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202025,234-28-0.11%
201925,262-28-0.11%
201825,290-359-1.40%
201725,649-28-0.11%
201625,677-835-3.15%
201526,512-563-2.08%
201427,075-97-0.36%
201327,172-468-1.69%
201227,6406312.34%
201127,0091330.49%
201026,8761710.06%
200026,705-2,724-0.97%
199029,4291,5680.55%
198027,861-2,926-0.99%
197030,787-2,519-0.78%
196033,306-1,044-0.31%
195034,3509650.29%
194033,3851,1800.36%
193032,2059200.29%
192031,2854,5551.59%
191026,7305,0342.11%
190021,6966,9713.95%
189014,7254,0283.25%
188010,6971,3611.37%
18709,3360.00%