Watson is a city in Chippewa County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 205 at the 2010 census. Lac Qui Parle State Park is nearby.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.18 square miles (0.47 km), all of it land.
U.S. Route 59 and Minnesota State Highway 7 (co-signed) serves as a main route in the community.
Watson is known as “The Goose Capitol of the USA” due to the large number of Canada geese which migrate through and inhabit nearby Lac Qui Parle every fall.
As of the census of 2010, there were 205 people, 90 households, and 50 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,138.9 inhabitants per square mile (439.7/km). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 566.7 per square mile (218.8/km). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 1.0% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 90 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.4% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 28.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.5% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 56.1% male and 43.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 209 people, 86 households, and 52 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,186.3 people per square mile (448.3/km²). There were 98 housing units at an average density of 556.3 per square mile (210.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.69% White, 0.96% Asian, 3.35% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% of the population.
There were 86 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city, the population was spread out with 28.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 113.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,688, and the median income for a family was $45,000. Males had a median income of $25,781 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,617. About 7.1% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 32.0% of those sixty five or over.