For population 25 years and over in Watson:
For population 15 years and over in Watson village:
6 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,238 (1.7%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, IL (60.6 miles , pop. 81,860).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (94.3 miles , pop. 348,189).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (200.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Mason, IL (2.4 miles ), Effingham, IL (2.6 miles ), Edgewood, IL (2.9 miles ), Teutopolis, IL (3.0 miles ), Altamont, IL (3.2 miles ), Dieterich, IL (3.2 miles ), Shumway, IL (3.5 miles ), Wheeler, IL (3.7 miles) .
Latitude: 39.02 N, Longitude: 88.57 W
Area code: 217
Unemployment in July 2013:
Population change in the 1990s: +84 (+13.0%).
Work and jobs in Watson: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Watson, Illinois
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Watson-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Illinois state average. It is 142% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 6/2/1990, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.9 miles away from the Watson village center injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 3/6/1961, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 5.6 miles away from the village center injured 3 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Watson-area historical earthquake activity is above Illinois state average. It is 63% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 54.1 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 39.4 miles away from Watson center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 83.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 54.3 miles away from the city center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 39.4 miles away from Watson center
On 4/21/2008 at 05:38:29, a magnitude 4.0 (4.0 MB, 4.0 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 53.4 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 Effingham County (4) is a lot smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 1
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.3%
(11.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
No gay or lesbian households reported
Watson compared to Illinois state average:
Most commonly used house heating fuel:
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Religion statistics for Watson village (based on Effingham County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 73.47%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
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Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 10
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Number of full-service restaurants: 27
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Watson government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):
4.51% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,919 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
5.92% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,607 average adjusted gross income)
10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.
Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
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National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 2 meters (7ft)
Total average daily traffic: 3,400
Total average daily truck traffic: 238
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 3,641
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Watson)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:1
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:2
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:3
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Watson)
FAA Registered Aircraft:1
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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