Watertown, South Dakota

Population 22,140

Watertown is located in Codington County, SD. The population is 22,140, making Watertown the largest city in Codington County and the 5th largest city in the state of South Dakota.

There are 10 public schools in Watertown with an average Homefacts rating of B+. The total crime rate for Watertown is moderate , and there are 97 registered sex offenders residing in the city. Unemployment in Watertown is low and the median home sales price is $0. Detailed and up-to-date Watertown property reports are available for any property address.

Cities near Watertown include Lake Township, Pelican Township and Elmira Township.

Watertown Neighborhood Report


School Rating is Very good
  • No High School Diploma: 8.1%
  • High School Graduate or Higher: 71.1%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 20.9%

Crime Rate

15.24% Lower than national avg.
  • Auto theft: 72
  • Violent Crimes: 364
  • Robbery: 18
  • Burglary: 386
  • Property Crime: 1
  • Larceny Theft: 1

Registered Offenders

55.95% Higher than national avg.
  • 97 offenders in Watertown
  • 43.81 offenders/10,000 residents

Environmental Hazards

376 Found nearby
  • Brownfields: 5
  • Registered Polluters: 14
  • Superfunds: 6
  • Tanks & Spills: 351


Low 2.6%
  • South Dakota unemployment average: 2.7%
  • National unemployment average: 3.6%

Property Values

Median Property Value $0

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10 Public Schools view public schools

There are 10 K-12 public schools in Watertown, SD and 5 private schools. Homefacts rates Watertown's schools as Very good, with an overall B+ rating.

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97 Registered Offenders search the registered offender database

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*100 is national avg. Greater than 100 means higher crime, lower means less crime.
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0 Former Drug Labs view all

  • Good news! No Drug lab found in Watertown, SD

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Property Report Overview

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Housing Inventory

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127 Building Permits View All

  • In 2014, the city of Watertown, SD issued 127 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 127 permits, 51 were issued for single family homes and 76 were issued for multi-family homes.
  • In 2013, the city of Watertown, SD issued 121 building permits. All permits issued were for Single Family Homes. Of those 121 permits, 91 were issued for single family homes and 30 were issued for multi-family homes.
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Fair Market Rents

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  • Property Type Rent
  • Studio: $469
  • 1 Bedroom: $527
  • 2 Bedrooms: $701
  • 3 Bedrooms: $913
  • 4 Bedrooms: $1,039

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Environmental Hazards

376 Environmental Hazards

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Health Hazards

  • Air Quality HEALTHY (2143/2337)
    Watertown, SD has 91.7% good air quality.
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  • Radon ZONE 1 COUNTY
    Watertown, SD is a red zone.
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  • UV Index MODERATE 4.15 Average
    Watertown, SD is a moderate risk area for ultra-violet rays.
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Average Monthly Temperature

  • January 10.32°
  • February 14.55°
  • March 29°
  • April 42.73°
  • May 56.93°
  • June 65.44°
  • July 71.82°
  • August 68.82°
  • September 59.68°
  • October 46.33°
  • November 32.62°
  • December 14.5°

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Natural Disasters

Probability of Natural Disasters for Watertown, SD

Watertown, SD has a very low risk of earthquakes.
Watertown, SD has no risk of hurricanes.
Watertown, SD has a high risk of hail storms.
Watertown, SD has a low risk of tornadoes.

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Median Household Income

Median Household Income in Watertown, SD: $47,664


Unemployment in Watertown is 2.6%. It is lower than the state and national averages, 2.7% and 3.6% respectively

Workforce Breakdown

Blue Collar - 47.24%
White Collar - 52.76%


State Representatives

  • Gov. Dennis Daugaard
  • Sen. Mike Rounds
  • Sen. John Thune

City Representatives

  • Kristi Noem

Neighborhood Info

1 Airport view all

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22 FCC Towers view all

1 Fire Station view all

1 Hospital view all

2 Retirement Homes view all

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