Watertown is a city in the Greater Boston area and is home to nearly 35,000 residents. While it is a city of its own with its own neighborhoods, many people see it as a suburb of Boston as many people from this neighborhood may commute into Boston. This town is a very desirable place to live and its six neighborhoods offer up diverse housing, living conditions, and great schools. Whether you're an individual looking to commute or a family, Watertown might be a good place for you.
As mentioned in the introduction, Watertown is made up of a bunch of different areas or neighborhoods which all have different things to offer. Overall, the town is a relatively quiet place to live and is largely residential. This place is basically small town America to a T, except for the fact it is only a few minutes away from the heart of Boston.
New and old are blended perfectly in this neighborhood. Many of the older and historic buildings in this area have been transformed into rental properties, but there are also many different newly developed buildings if you want something more modern. This variety of different architecture from different times makes the town very visually appealing and interesting to walk or drive through.
Watertown is noted as having one of the largest Armenian populations in the entire United States (with around 8000 Armenians believed to live there), with only Fresno and Glendale in California having a higher population. The overall demographics of the town are about three quarters White and the remaining 25% is made up of Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans and other minority groups.
There is evidence out there that the land where Watertown sits has been inhabited for thousands of years before English settlers. Once people began settling here, during the 1600s, Watertown was actually second to Boston in terms of size and population for the first few decades of its existence. However, over time, the limits of the town has shrunken, with parts of the town being added to Cambridge, Lincoln, Belmont, and many more towns nearby.
The area then became known as the cattle and horse market in the entire New England area and the town was also known for its fertile farmland. However, as the years went on, the area transitioned into a residential area as many Boston families decided to made their homes here. This reputation as a residential area has carried over into the present as it is almost exclusively residential, with a few areas for things like shopping, restaurants and more.
Being as Watertown residents will be able to shop, buy groceries, and dine out in Watertown and not have to travel anywhere too far, the cost of living is fairly standard for the state. However, due to the closeness to both downtown Boston and Cambridge, the rent in this neighborhood can get a little expensive. If you want a prime location or a newer apartment, expect to see the cost spike a bit.
Being as the town is full of residential areas and cool architecture, walking is a great way to get around inside the neighborhood. This is especially true if you live a bit further south in the neighborhood, as that means you live closer to the shopping and restaurants. While the neighborhood is great to walk in, most people in the neighborhood work in Boston, so there are very few people that walk to work.
The most common way by far to commute and get around in this neighborhood is to drive. About 75% of individuals drive or carpool to work every day as there are numerous routes to get to the heart of Boston in well under an hour. If you don’t have a car or prefer not to drive, there are a bunch of MBTA bus routes that serve Watertown and can get you to any of the surrounding towns or suburbs around Boston.
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Watertown Town is located within Middlesex County, Massachusetts. This area currently has 1,567,610 residents in 587,735 households. Out of the total population, 25.75% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently married and have a median age of 38.5.
When looking at residents older than 25, 20.55% have graduated from high school, 26.57% have a bachelor's degree, and 26.43% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 66.1% and the median income in this county is $89,019.
At least 37.63% of those living in this county rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 29.9 minutes.
Geographically, Middlesex County, Massachusetts is a part of the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area. This county is currently home to 4,343,828 residents, or 1,635,254 households with a median income of $77,009. the Boston, MA - NH - RI Urban Area residents have a median age of 38.2 and 40.37% are currently renting their homes in the area.