Watson, Minnesota

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Population in 2013: 200 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.3%
 
Males: 105  (52.8%)
Females: 95  (47.2%)
Median resident age:  41.2 years
Minnesota median age:  42.9 years

Zip codes: 56295.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $39,851 (it was $34,688 in 2000)
Watson:

$39,851
MN:

$58,906
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,759 (it was $14,617 in 2000)

Watson city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $44,164 (it was $35,000 in 2000)
Watson:

$44,164
MN:

$178,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $60,085; Detached houses: $60,085

Median gross rent in 2012: $450.

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  • White alone - 201 (98.0%)
  • Hispanic - 3 (1.5%)
  • Two or more races - 1 (0.5%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Watson: 85.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (36.8%), Norwegian (28.3%), Irish (5.3%), English (4.4%), United States (3.5%), French (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1031 feet

Land area: 0.18 square miles.

Population density: 1,135 people per square mile   (low).

Watson,MN real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Watson:

  • High school or higher: 81.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 5.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 34.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watson city:

  • Never married: 22.1%
  • Now married: 58.8%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 12.1%

1 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.5%
Minnesota:  7.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,100 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $700 (1.5%)

Watson satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Cloud, MN (87.8 miles , pop. 59,107).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Minneapolis, MN (123.9 miles , pop. 382,618).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (462.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Montevideo, MN (2.4 miles ), Milan, MN (3.0 miles ), Boyd, MN (3.5 miles ), Dawson, MN (3.7 miles ), Clarkfield, MN (3.9 miles ), Appleton, MN (4.1 miles ), Holloway, MN (4.2 miles) , Maynard, MN (4.2 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $10,000

Latitude: 45.01 N, Longitude: 95.80 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 320

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

4.5%
Minnesota:

4.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -2 (-0.9%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (22%)
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (18%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Health care and social assistance (52%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Retail trade (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (17%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Business operations specialists (6%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (19%)
  • Other teachers and instructors, education, training, and library occupations (14%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Personal appearance workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers except personal appearance, transportation, and child care workers (7%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7%)

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

Average climate in Watson, Minnesota

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Tornado activity:

Watson-area historical tornado activity is near Minnesota state average. It is 0% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/25/2000, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 9.9 miles away from the Watson city center killed one person and injured 15 people and caused $20 million in damages.

On 6/13/1968, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 50.1 miles away from the city center killed 9 people and injured 150 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Watson-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 47.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 51.8 miles away from Watson center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 186.0 miles away from the city center
On 10/20/1995 at 15:57:18, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 74.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 218.8 miles away from Watson center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 156.5 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Chippewa County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Watson topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Watson:

  • MONTEVIDEO DIALYSIS OF DAVITA (Dialysis Facility, about 6 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)
  • CONCERNED CARE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)
  • CHIPPEWA COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 6 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)
  • CHIPPEWA COUNTY-MONTEVIDEO HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 6 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)
  • REM SW SERVICES (MONTEVIDEO) (Hospital, about 7 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)
  • JOHNSON MEMORIAL HOSP AND HOME (Nursing Home, about 15 miles away; DAWSON, MN)
  • CLARKFIELD HOME HEALTH AGENCY (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; CLARKFIELD, MN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watson:

  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (about 19 miles; Granite Falls, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,225)
  • Ridgewater College (about 37 miles; Willmar, MN; FT enrollment: 3,288)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 39 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 3,711)
  • Alexandria Technical & Community College (about 63 miles; Alexandria, MN; FT enrollment: 2,324)
  • South Dakota State University (about 68 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 10,392)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 82 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,025)
  • Rasmussen College-Minnesota (about 87 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 4,575)

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Notable location: Watson Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Watson: Watson Evangelical Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Chippewa County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 7.6%
(7.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents)
Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Minnesota:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  55.6%
Whole state:  64.6%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  10.0%
Whole state:  6.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Watson compared to Minnesota state average:

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

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (64%)
  • Electricity (14%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Watson city (based on Chippewa County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 88.07%
Here: 88.1%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaCatholic ChurchReformed Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchOther
Adherents60.8%13.1%9.2%6.9%10.0%
Congregations51.9%7.4%7.4%11.1%22.2%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Chippewa County:

3.21 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

1.83 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Chippewa County:

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

0.49 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
Chippewa County:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

3.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 11
Here:

8.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

7.4%
Minnesota:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
Chippewa County:

27.5%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.4%
State:

13.0%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$321
Other Government Administration 0$0 6$1,934
Sewerage 0$0 1$381
Parks and Recreation 0$0 1$190
Water Supply 0$0 1$381
Other and Unallocable 0$0 1$952
Totals for Government 0$0 11$4,159

Watson government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $50,000 ($250.00)
    Regular Highways: $36,000 ($180.00)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($80.00)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($50.00)
    General - Other: $6,000 ($30.00)
    Central Staff Services: $5,000 ($25.00)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($5.00)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $129,000 ($645.00)
    Withdrawals: $1,000 ($5.00)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $8,000 ($40.00)
    Parks & Recreation: $6,000 ($30.00)
    Water Utilities: $1,000 ($5.00)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $58,000 ($290.00)

Watson government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $12,000 ($60.00)
    From Other Government: $8,000 ($40.00)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $13,000 ($65.00)
    General Revenue, NEC: $8,000 ($40.00)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $43,000 ($215.00)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $62,000 ($310.00)
    All Other: $9,000 ($45.00)
  • Tax - Property: $238,000 ($1190.00)
    NEC: $2,000 ($10.00)

Watson government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $336,000 ($1680.00)

5.37% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($32,357 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.37%
Minnesota average:

6.51%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kandiyohi County, MN  0.87% ($29,773 average AGI)
from Yellow Medicine County, MN  0.65% ($25,697)
from Lac qui Parle County, MN  0.37% ($27,842)


6.91% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,045 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.91%
Minnesota average:

6.71%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kandiyohi County, MN  0.70% ($-3,361 average AGI)
to Lac qui Parle County, MN  0.66% ($28,559)
to Lyon County, MN  0.41% ($23,762)

Strongest AM radio stations in Watson:

  • KDMA (1460 AM; 1 kW; MONTEVIDEO, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WCCO (830 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: INFINITY MEDIA CORPORATION)
  • KFAN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WCTS (1030 AM; 50 kW; MAPLEWOOD, MN; Owner: CNTL. BAPT. THEO/AL SEMI MINNEAPOLIS)
  • KSTP (1500 AM; 50 kW; ST. PAUL, MN; Owner: KSTP-AM, LLC (DELAWARE))
  • KMSD (1510 AM; 5 kW; MILBANK, SD; Owner: BIG STONE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WEBC (560 AM; 50 kW; DULUTH, MN)
  • WBHR (660 AM; 10 kW; SAUK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: HERBERT M. HOPPE)
  • KLOH (1050 AM; 9 kW; PIPESTONE, MN; Owner: WALLACE CHRISTENSEN)
  • KPRM (870 AM; 25 kW; PARK RAPIDS, MN; Owner: DE LA HUNT BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KTIS (900 AM; 25 kW; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; Owner: NORTHWESTERN COLLEGE)
  • KBRF (1250 AM; 10 kW; FERGUS FALLS, MN; Owner: RESULT RADIO, INC.)
  • WWNL (1080 AM; 50 kW; PITTSBURGH, PA; Owner: STEEL CITY RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Watson:

  • KRSU (91.3 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KNCM (88.5 FM; APPLETON, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • KBPG (89.5 FM; MONTEVIDEO, MN; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KKRC (93.9 FM; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMGM (105.5 FM; MONTEVIDEO, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KQIC (102.5 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: LAKELAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KLQP (92.1 FM; MADISON, MN; Owner: LAC QUI PARLE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KOLV (100.1 FM; OLIVIA, MN; Owner: BOLD RADIO, INC.)
  • KDJS-FM (95.3 FM; WILLMAR, MN; Owner: IOWA CITY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KSCR-FM (93.5 FM; BENSON, MN; Owner: QUEST BROADCASTING, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Watson:

  • KWCM-TV (Channel 10; APPLETON, MN; Owner: WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL TV COMPANY)
  • K49ED (Channel 49; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K15DC (Channel 15; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K19CW (Channel 19; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K25EI (Channel 25; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K31BT (Channel 31; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K17CS (Channel 17; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K23DF (Channel 23; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K29CC (Channel 29; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K33CR (Channel 33; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K52AH (Channel 52; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K54AK (Channel 54; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K56BZ (Channel 56; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K58EO (Channel 58; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K60AB (Channel 60; APPLETON, MN; Owner: PRAIRIEVIEW TV, INC.)
  • K61AU (Channel 61; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K18DI (Channel 18; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K24CS (Channel 24; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K26DG (Channel 26; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K32DR (Channel 32; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K47EA (Channel 47; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT)
  • K63AU (Channel 63; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K65BA (Channel 65; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K67AN (Channel 67; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
  • K69DP (Channel 69; GRANITE FALLS, MN; Owner: MINNESOTA VALLEY TV IMPROVEMENT CORP)
Most common first names in Watson, MN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Bertha377.3 years
Donald368.4 years
Melvin363.4 years
Milton380.3 years
Olga375.3 years
Paul376.3 years
Agnes279.0 years
Charlotte281.0 years
William284.4 years
Elmer275.5 years
Most common last names in Watson, MN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Larson679.7 years
Kling472.3 years
Norby378.3 years
Iverson376.4 years
Greseth364.7 years
Miller384.6 years
Torgeson372.7 years
Haugland378.4 years
Teigen370.7 years
Olson372.7 years
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