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The City of Watson had a population of 187 as of July 1, 2021. Watson ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Minnesota. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Watson is located at latitude 45.0097 and longitude -95.8014 in Chippewa County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watson encompass a land area of 0.17 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Chippewa County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,030 feet.

The City of Watson has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Watson: City of Watson.

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Watson, MN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 187 (100%)
Population in Households 187 (100.0%)
Population in Families 151 (80.7%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 1,084
Diversity Index2 40


Median Household Income $56,446
Average Household Income $77,705
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $31,937
Wealth Index5 82


Total HU (Housing Units) 98 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 63 (64.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 20 (20.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 15 (15.3%)
Median Home Value $131,250
Average Home Value $197,581
Housing Affordability Index3 277


Total Households 83
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 55
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.19% 0.11%
Households 0.22% 0.24%
Families 1.8% 0.0%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   2.39%
Owner Occupied HU   0.32%

Watson, MN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watson to the other 903 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Minnesota by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 712 21st
Population Density # 257 72nd
Median Household Income # 617 32nd
Housing Affordability Index # 829 92nd
Per Capita Income # 437 52nd
Diversity Index # 124 86th

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