Profile for Watertown, New York, NY
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Watertown is a city in Jefferson County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for its location by Black River Falls.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in New York named Watertown. For links to other places called Watertown, NY, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Watertown is 43.974N. The longitude is -75.911W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 466 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 26,782.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Watertown demographic reports
Watertown is on the Black River.
Long a center for paper manufacturing
Frank W. Woolworth introduced the five-and-ten-cent store here in 1878
The local economy relies heavily on Fort Drum Army base
Known for its severe winters; average snowfall is 114 inches
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 86. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· James B. Liddy, inventor of the bedspring
· Mary-Margaret Humes, actress
· Viggo Mortensen, actor
· John Foster Dulles, secretary of state
· Richard Grieco, actor
Local festivals include:
- Jefferson County Fair - July 10-15, 2007
- Italian Festival - Sept. 7-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Watertown web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Watertown attractions: Thompson Park Zoo
Historic sites and museums: Jefferson County Historical Society, Sci-Tech Center
Colleges and universities:
Jefferson Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Watertown was to her as invisible as her skin, and she no longer saw (if she ever had) the derelict storefronts and sagging porches. The grand downtown, once known as Garland City, its stone buildings and central plaza constructed on an imperial scale, impressed her only rarely as forelorn: mostly it seemed, as she drove through it to the high school or to the Price Chopper, of a blind and consoling familiarity.
-- The Emperor's Children
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Ancestry & family history
12% of Watertown residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Watertown ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Watertown was $16,354, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Watertown residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Watertown festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Jefferson County Fair - J
- Italian Festival - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Watertown include Public Square Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Watertown, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $377. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $849.
Libraries in Watertown include East Hounsfield Free Library, Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Watertown include Watertown Daily Times
TV stations in Watertown include WPBS, WWTI.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WJNY., WRVJ., WSLJ.
Jefferson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Watertown political report.
The average commute time for Watertown workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Watertown between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Watertown include Best Western, Days Inn Watertown, Econo Lodge, Ramada Inn, Travelodge.
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“ Watertown was to her as invisible as her skin, and she no longer saw (if she ever had) the derelict storefronts and sagging porches. The grand downtown, once known as Garland City, its stone buildings and central plaza constructed on an imperial scale, impressed her only rarely as forelorn: mostly it seemed, as she drove through it to the high school or to the Price Chopper, of a blind and consoling familiarity. ”
~ The Emperor's Children
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