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The City of Watson had a population of 179 as of July 1, 2022. Watson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Arkansas. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Watson is located at latitude 33.8951 and longitude -91.2562 in Desha County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watson encompass a land area of 0.21 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Desha County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 151 feet.

The City of Watson has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Watson is located within Township of Red Fork, a minor civil division (MCD) of Desha County.

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Watson, AR Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)


Total Population 179 (100%)
Population in Households 179 (100.0%)
Population in Families 141 (78.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 896
Diversity Index2 52


Median Household Income $39,036
Average Household Income $60,428
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $26,941
Wealth Index5 47


Total HU (Housing Units) 89 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 55 (61.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 22 (24.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 13 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $76,923
Average Home Value $93,304
Housing Affordability Index3 266


Total Households 76
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 49
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.


2020-2022 2022-2027
Population -1.45% -1.03%
Households -1.15% -0.80%
Families   -0.83%
Median Household Income   0.21%
Per Capita Income   2.67%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.74%

Watson, AR - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watson to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Arkansas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 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 # 440 30th
Population Density # 78 88th
Median Household Income # 459 27th
Housing Affordability Index # 517 83rd
Per Capita Income # 297 53rd
Diversity Index # 154 76th

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