Watson, New York

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Watson, New York
Watson, New York is located in New York
Watson, New York
Watson, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 43°48′16″N 75°17′30″W / 43.80444°N 75.29167°W / 43.80444; -75.29167
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
 • Total115.70 sq mi (299.65 km2)
 • Land112.74 sq mi (291.99 km2)
 • Water2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
1,280 ft (390 m)
 • Total1,881
 • Estimate 
 • Density16.40/sq mi (6.33/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)315
FIPS code36-049-78729
GNIS feature ID979607[3]

Watson is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 1,881 at the 2010 census. The town is named after early landowner James Watson.

The Town of Watson is at the east border of the county and is east of Lowville, the county seat.


The town was first settled around 1815.

The town was formed from the Town of Leyden in 1821. Parts of Watson were later taken to form the Towns of Greig (1828), Diana (1830), Croghan (1841), and New Bremen (1848).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 115.8 square miles (300 km2), of which 112.7 square miles (292 km2) is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2) (2.61%) is water.

The east town line is the border of Herkimer County, and the west town line is partly defined by the Black River.

The Beaver River flows through the north part of the town. The east part of Watson is inside the Adirondack Park.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,849[2]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,987 people, 772 households, and 562 families residing in the town. The population density was 17.6 people per square mile (6.8/km²). There were 1,652 housing units at an average density of 14.7 per square mile (5.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.49% White, 0.40% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.40% Pacific Islander, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 772 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 106.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 108.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $38,438. Males had a median income of $28,208 versus $20,913 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,708. About 8.0% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.5% of those under age 18 and 14.2% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Watson[edit]

  • Beaver Lake – A lake in the northeast part of the town by the town line.
  • Bushes Landing – A hamlet east of Watson Village on County Road 26 and near the Black River.
  • Chase Lake – A lake south of Sperryville.
  • Crystal Dale – A location near the north town line, located north of Petries Corners on County Road 26.
  • Eagle Falls – A location on the Beaver River in the north part of the town.
  • Francis Lake – A lake near the east town line, south of Beaver Lake.
  • Moshier Falls – A location at the east town line in Herkimer County.
  • Number Four – A location in the northeast part of the town, west of Beaver Lake on County Road 26.
  • Petries Corners – A hamlet in the south part of the town, northeast of Watson village on County Road 26.
  • Pine Grove – A hamlet near the south town line, southeast of Watson village. The Pine Grove Community Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[6]
  • Soft Maple Reservoir – An artificial lake at the town line by Eagle Falls.
  • Sperryville – A hamlet in the south part of the town, inside the Adirondack Park.
  • Stony Lake – A lake east of Sperryville.
  • Watson – The hamlet of Watson is on County Road 26 in the southwest part of the town by the Black River.


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 5, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Watson, New York
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 8/17/09 THROUGH 8/21/09. National Park Service. 2009-08-28.

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Coordinates: 43°46′33″N 75°26′10″W / 43.77583°N 75.43611°W / 43.77583; -75.43611