Watertown, Florida

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Population in 2010: 2,829. Population change since 2000: -0.3%
Males: 1,260  (44.6%)
Females: 1,569  (55.4%)
Median resident age:  43.2 years
Florida median age:  41.5 years

Zip codes: 32025.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $38,219 (it was $29,402 in 2000)
Watertown:

$38,219
FL:

$46,036

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $19,724 (it was $13,044 in 2000)

Watertown CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $88,891 (it was $53,300 in 2000)
Watertown:

$88,891
FL:

$153,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $121,410; Detached houses: $128,586; Mobile homes: $70,442

Median gross rent in 2013: $801.

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  • Races in Watertown, FL (2010)

    Watertown races chart
    • 1,79063.3%White alone
    • 88331.2%Black alone
    • 853.0%Hispanic
    • 531.9%Two or more races
    • 90.3%American Indian alone
    • 70.2%Asian alone
    • 20.07%Other race alone

Races in Watertown detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Watertown: 81.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: German (12.7%), English (11.2%), Subsaharan African (8.9%), Irish (8.0%), Scottish (7.2%), United States (5.4%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 191 feet

Land area: 2.39 square miles.

Population density: 1,183 people per square mile   (low).

Watertown,FL real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Watertown:

  • High school or higher: 84.5%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 8.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watertown CDP:

  • Never married: 28.7%
  • Now married: 43.8%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 9.7%
  • Divorced: 14.8%

75 residents are foreign born (2.8% Latin America).

This place:

2.8%
Florida:

19.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $796 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $936 (1.0%)

Watertown satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Gainesville, FL (39.6 miles , pop. 95,447).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Jacksonville, FL (57.4 miles , pop. 735,617).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Houston, TX (765.6 miles , pop. 1,953,631).

Nearest cities: Lake City, FL (1.4 miles ), Five Points, FL (1.7 miles ), White Springs, FL (3.7 miles ), McAlpin-Wellborn, FL (4.1 miles ), North Columbia, FL (4.1 miles ), Fort White, FL (4.4 miles ), Lake Butler, FL (4.4 miles ), Sanderson, FL (4.5 miles ).

Latitude: 30.19 N, Longitude: 82.61 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 386

Watertown household income distribution Watertown home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.3%
Florida:

6.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Wholesale trade (24%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Public administration (17%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (12%)
  • Construction (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Educational services (22%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (24%)
  • Material moving occupations (19%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (8%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Community and social service occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (30%)
  • Community and social service occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (5%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (4%)

Work and jobs in Watertown: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Watertown, Florida

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Watertown-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Florida state average. It is 16% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 2/25/1960, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 1.6 miles away from the Watertown place center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 2/27/1984, a category F3 tornado 28.6 miles away from the place center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Watertown-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Florida state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/10/2006 at 14:56:08, a magnitude 5.9 (5.9 MB, 5.5 MS, 5.8 MW, Depth: 8.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 366.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 255.0 miles away from Watertown center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 237.3 miles away from the city center
On 10/24/1997 at 08:35:17, a magnitude 4.9 (4.8 MB, 4.2 MS, 4.9 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 284.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 220.1 miles away from Watertown center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 246.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Columbia County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 5, Hurricanes: 5, Floods: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Tropical Storms: 2, Freeze: 1, Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Watertown topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Watertown:

  • BAYA POINTE NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 2 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • SHANDS HOMECARE LAKE CITY (Home Health Center, about 2 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • SHANDS LAKE SHORE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 2 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • HEALTH CENTER OF LAKE CITY, THE (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • SPRING STREET GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 3 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • COLUMBIA LAKE CITY MEDICAL CENTER SNU (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)
  • LAKE CITY MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 5 miles away; LAKE CITY, FL)

Amtrak station near Watertown:

  • 3 miles: LAKE CITY (1200 LAKE JEFFERY RD.) . Services: fully wheelchair accessible, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watertown:

  • Florida Gateway College (about 3 miles; Lake City, FL; Full-time enrollment: 2,179)
  • Santa Fe College (about 37 miles; Gainesville, FL; FT enrollment: 11,819)
  • University of Florida (about 41 miles; Gainesville, FL; FT enrollment: 43,357)
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville (about 58 miles; Jacksonville, FL; FT enrollment: 21,810)
  • Jacksonville University (about 61 miles; Jacksonville, FL; FT enrollment: 3,335)
  • Valdosta State University (about 62 miles; Valdosta, GA; FT enrollment: 11,155)
  • Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (about 66 miles; Valdosta, GA; FT enrollment: 3,246)

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Notable location: Lake City Country Club (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Watertown include: Watertown Church (A), Tabernacle Baptist Church (B), Salvation Holiness Church (C), New Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church (D), Lantern Park Baptist Church (E), First Full Gospel Church (F), Eastside Baptist Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Truvine Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Columbia County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 59.3. This is better than average.

City:

59.3
U.S.:

74.2

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2012 was 1.80. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.80
U.S.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 23.9. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

23.9
U.S.:

32.0
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.9%
(18.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.4% for Black residents, 29.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.0% for American Indian residents, 17.4% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.3 people
Florida:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  60.9%
Whole state:  65.2%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  8.7%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

People in group quarters in Watertown in 2010:

  • 23 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 16 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 4 people in group homes intended for adults
27 people in homes for the mentally ill in 2000

Watertown, Florida environmental map by EPA

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Watertown compared to Florida state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.5
Florida average:

12.2

Watertown travel time to work - commute Watertown mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (77%)
  • Utility gas (16%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Watertown CDP (based on Columbia County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant18,86982
Mainline Protestant3,20216
Black Protestant2,33815
Catholic1,6521
Other1,1106
None40,360-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Columbia County:

0.74 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

2.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Columbia County:

1.03 / 10,000 pop.
Florida:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 51
Columbia County:

7.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.04 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 33
Here:

4.86 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.45 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
Florida:

9.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Columbia County:

29.1%
Florida:

23.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

11.6%
State:

14.0%

7.54% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($30,377 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.54%
Florida average:

7.97%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($136 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.05%
Florida average:

0.11%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Alachua County, FL  1.03% ($32,315 average AGI)
from Suwannee County, FL  0.84% ($25,406)
from Miami-Dade County, FL  0.30% ($21,646)


7.92% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($29,627 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.92%
Florida average:

7.17%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($225 average AGI)
Columbia County:

0.06%
Florida average:

0.12%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Alachua County, FL  1.07% ($31,961 average AGI)
to Suwannee County, FL  1.00% ($24,667)
to Duval County, FL  0.47% ($24,693)

Strongest AM radio stations in Watertown:

  • WFVR (910 AM; 50 kW; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: RAMA COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDSR (1340 AM; 1 kW; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: NEWMAN MEDIA, INC.)
  • WGRO (960 AM; 1 kW; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: POWER COUNTRY, INC)
  • WOKV (690 AM; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: COX RADIO, INC.)
  • WGSR (1570 AM; 50 kW; FERNANDINA BEACH, FL; Owner: RJM COMMUNICATIONS, INC)
  • WOBS (1530 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL; Owner: WORD BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WFLF (540 AM; 50 kW; PINE HILLS, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WTMN (1430 AM; daytime; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQTM (740 AM; 50 kW; ORLANDO, FL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRUF (850 AM; 5 kW; GAINESVILLE, FL; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA)
  • WAYR (550 AM; 5 kW; ORANGE PARK, FL; Owner: GOOD TIDINGS TRUST, INC.)
  • WSTT (730 AM; 25 kW; THOMASVILLE, GA; Owner: MARION R. WILLIAMS)
  • WBWL (600 AM; 5 kW; JACKSONVILLE, FL)

Strongest FM radio stations in Watertown:

  • WNFB (94.3 FM; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: NEWMAN MEDIA, INC.)
  • WQLC (102.1 FM; WATERTOWN, FL; Owner: LOUIS D. BOLTON, II)
  • WCJX (106.5 FM; FIVE POINTS, FL; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WQPW (95.7 FM; VALDOSTA, GA; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WLVO (106.1 FM; LIVE OAK, FL; Owner: LEON F. PETTERSEN)
  • WOLR (91.3 FM; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: WOLR 91.3 FM, INC.)
  • WUFT-FM (89.1 FM; GAINESVILLE, FL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA)
  • WQHL-FM (98.1 FM; LIVE OAK, FL; Owner: RTG RADIO, LLC)
  • WYFB (90.5 FM; GAINESVILLE, FL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WYGC (104.9 FM; HIGH SPRINGS, FL; Owner: ASTERISK COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WHHZ (100.5 FM; NEWBERRY, FL; Owner: 6 JOHNSON ROAD LICENSES, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Watertown:

  • WFXU (Channel 57; LIVE OAK, FL; Owner: WFXU LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • W23AQ (Channel 23; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W39BZ (Channel 39; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: ERIC McBRIDE)
  • W66CQ (Channel 66; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: MARTHA RAYBURN)
  • WLCF-LP (Channel 11; LAKE CITY, FL; Owner: BUDD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WUFT (Channel 5; GAINESVILLE, FL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA)
  • WGFL (Channel 53; HIGH SPRINGS, FL; Owner: BUDD BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Watertown on our top lists:

  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in homes for the mentally ill"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Life, physical, and social science technicians"
  • #52 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest maximum monthly morning or afternoon humidity"
  • #84 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Management of companies and enterprises"
  • #88 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Food and beverage serving workers except waiters/waitresses"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 1990-1999 to 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2003 (pop. 50,000+)"
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