Watson, New York

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Watson is a town in Lewis County, New York, United States. The population was 1,987 at the 2000 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 (299.8 km²), of which, 112.7 square miles (292.0 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²) of it (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.


As of the census[1] 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/sq mi (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.

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