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Population in 2012: 201 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -3.8%
 

Males: 106  (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

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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%)

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


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Ancestries: German (37.5%), Norwegian (28.7%), Irish (5.4%), English (4.7%), United States (2.8%), French (2.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1031 feet

Land area: 0.18 square miles.

Population density: 1,141 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Watson:

  • High school or higher: 82.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 3.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 34.7 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watson city:

  • Never married: 21.9%
  • Now married: 59.4%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.3%
  • Divorced: 11.5%

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%)

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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:

  • 1997: 0 buildings
  • 1998: 0 buildings
  • 1999: 0 buildings
  • 2000: 0 buildings
  • 2001: 0 buildings
  • 2002: 0 buildings
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2005: 0 buildings
  • 2006: 1 building, cost: $10,000
  • 2007: 0 buildings
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 0 buildings
  • 2010: 0 buildings
  • 2011: 0 buildings
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 45.01 N, Longitude: 95.80 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 320

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.7%
Minnesota:

5.1%

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%)

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Tornado activity:

Watson-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Minnesota state average. It is 49% 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 significantly above Minnesota state average. It is 93% 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 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 2/9/1994 at 08:45:35, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 39.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

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: 6, Storms: 6, Floods: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/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 (Hospital, Critical Access Hospitals, Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, about 6 miles away; MONTEVIDEO, MN)

Political contributions by individuals in Watson, MN

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watson:

  • Ridgewater College (about 37 miles; Willmar, MN; Full-time enrollment: 2,670)
  • Southwest Minnesota State University (about 39 miles; Marshall, MN; FT enrollment: 2,730)
  • South Dakota State University (about 69 miles; Brookings, SD; FT enrollment: 9,084)
  • College of Saint Benedict (about 82 miles; Saint Joseph, MN; FT enrollment: 2,057)
  • Rasmussen College-St Cloud (about 86 miles; St. Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 2,762)
  • Saint Cloud Technical College (about 89 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 2,740)
  • Saint Cloud State University (about 89 miles; Saint Cloud, MN; FT enrollment: 12,908)

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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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Watson and their reported violations in the past:

U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS (Address: 9055 First Street West , Population served: 35, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-1996 and DEC-1996, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Boil Water Order (MAY-28-1996), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-28-1996), St Public Notif requested (MAY-28-1996), St Tech Assistance Visit (MAY-28-1996), St Compliance Meeting conducted (MAY-28-1996), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-28-1996), St Compliance achieved (JUL-22-1996)

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

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Watson, MN

Watson compared to Minnesota state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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 above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.


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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 (63%)
  • Electricity (13%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Utility gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 88.07%
Here88.1%
USA50.2%

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
This county:

3.21 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

0.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
Minnesota:

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

8.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.4%
State:

6.5%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.5%
Minnesota:

25.9%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Chippewa County:

16.4%
Minnesota:

13.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 7$1,387
Streets and Highways 1$2,080$24,9600$0
Totals for Government 1$2,080$24,9607$1,387

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $50,000 ($248.76)
    Regular Highways: $36,000 ($179.10)
    Fire Protection: $16,000 ($79.60)
    Financial Administration: $10,000 ($49.75)
    General - Other: $6,000 ($29.85)
    Central Staff Services: $5,000 ($24.88)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,000 ($4.98)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $129,000 ($641.79)
    Withdrawals: $1,000 ($4.98)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $8,000 ($39.80)
    Parks & Recreation: $6,000 ($29.85)
    Water Utilities: $1,000 ($4.98)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $58,000 ($288.56)

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

  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $12,000 ($59.70)
    From Other Government: $8,000 ($39.80)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $13,000 ($64.68)
    General Revenue, NEC: $8,000 ($39.80)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $43,000 ($213.93)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $62,000 ($308.46)
    All Other: $9,000 ($44.78)
  • Tax - Property: $238,000 ($1184.08)
    NEC: $2,000 ($9.95)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $336,000 ($1671.64)

5.86% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,695 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.86%
Minnesota average:

7.79%

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:
from Kandiyohi County, MN  0.84% ($28,405 average AGI)
from Yellow Medicine County, MN  0.66% ($24,333)
from Lac qui Parle County, MN  0.42% ($29,381)


6.63% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($39,219 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.63%
Minnesota average:

7.84%

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:
to Kandiyohi County, MN  0.90% ($38,533 average AGI)
to Hennepin County, MN  0.50% ($23,560)
to Yellow Medicine County, MN  0.40% ($21,450)

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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