Watertown, Tennessee

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Watertown, Tennessee
Town
Watertown Town Hall
Watertown Town Hall
Location of Watertown, Tennessee
Location of Watertown, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°6′0″N 86°8′14″W / 36.10000°N 86.13722°W / 36.10000; -86.13722Coordinates: 36°6′0″N 86°8′14″W / 36.10000°N 86.13722°W / 36.10000; -86.13722
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Wilson
Settled 1780[1]
Incorporated 1905[2]
Named for Wilson L. Waters, founder[1]
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 653 ft (199 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,477
 • Density 1,083.9/sq mi (418.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37184
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-78320[3]
GNIS feature ID 1304411[4]

Watertown is a town located in Wilson County, Tennessee. The population was 1,358 at the 2000 census and 1,477 at the 2010 census. It is located southeast of Lebanon.

History[edit]

Prior to the town's establishment, the land was a Revolutionary War grant to Colonel Archibald Lytle and his brother William.[1]

Circa 1790, the grandparents of Watertown's founder, Wilson L. Waters, moved into the area. In 1845, the post office moved from nearby Three Forks to Wilson's store. Waters expanded his operations with a sawmill, gristmill and blacksmith shop. Waters' 400-acre (1.6 km2) farm eventually became Watertown.[1]

The Nashville and Knoxville Railroad built a depot in Watertown in 1885, making it the hub of business in the area. The increased business led to a doubling of the village's size.

In 1903, a fire swept through the wood structures of the village, destroying many businesses. During the recovery period following the fire, a town square surrounded by brick building was laid out, creating the core of the current city of Watertown.[1]

Geography[edit]

Watertown is located at 36°06′00″N 86°08′14″W / 36.100039°N 86.137102°W / 36.100039; -86.137102 (36.100039, -86.137102).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 517
1920 933 80.5%
1930 928 −0.5%
1940 908 −2.2%
1950 913 0.6%
1960 919 0.7%
1970 1,061 15.5%
1980 1,300 22.5%
1990 1,250 −3.8%
2000 1,358 8.6%
2010 1,477 8.8%
Est. 2012 1,488 0.7%
Sources:[6][7]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,358 people, 542 households, and 377 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,083.9 people per square mile (419.5/km2). There were 605 housing units at an average density of 482.9 per square mile (186.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.24% White, 6.11% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

First Baptist Church in Watertown

There were 542 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.8 males.[citation needed]

The median income for a household in the city was $35,662, and the median income for a family was $41,484. Males had a median income of $30,263 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,008. About 9.2% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.[citation needed]

Arts and Entertainment[edit]

Watertown Historic District

Music[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e History of Watertown, Watertown official website. Retrieved: 1 March 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Media coverage of the Stardust Drive-In Theatre". Stardust Drive-In Theatre. Retrieved February 5, 2007. 
  9. ^ "Passenger Excursions". Tennessee Central Railway Museum. 2007. Retrieved February 5, 2007. 
  10. ^ watertownjazz.com
  11. ^ "Tom T. Hall ~ Homegrown". Mercury - Nashville. July 14, 2003. Retrieved February 5, 2007. 
  12. ^ "Garth Brooks Production Takes Over Wilson County,TN Town". PlanetGarth.com. October 1, 2001. Retrieved February 5, 2007. 
  13. ^ "YahooAnswers". yahoo.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 

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