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Watson is a township in Effingham County, in the Effingham metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Watson. For links to other places called Watson, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Watson is 39.044N. The longitude is -88.521W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 554 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 3,186.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Watson demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Effingham County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62424 ZIP code.
39% of Watson residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Watson ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Watson was $17,379, compared with $21,587 nationally.
11% of Watson residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Watson, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $351. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $745.
Effingham County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Watson political report.
The average commute time for Watson workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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