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Welcome to Watson ...

The city of Watson is located in Desha County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Watson, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Watson has a population of 181 people<2> (see below for details).

Watson is 150 feet [46 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Watson lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Watson is within the (870) area code.

The ZIP code for Watson: 71674<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Watson had an population of 181 people. This is a decrease of 14.22% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 37.15% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Watson had a population of 211 people. This makes Watson the county's 5th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 211 people, the population of Watson decreased 26.74% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 288 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Watson.

Communities Also Named Watson ...

While we believe that this Watson is located in Desha County, we know of another 2 Arkansas communities named Watson. Those communities are located in the following counties: Calhoun and Woodruff County.

Beyond Arkansas, there are 57 communities that are also named Watson - they are located in Alabama (2), British Columbia, California (2), Colorado, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan (3), Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana (2), Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (2), Saskatchewan, Tennessee (4), Texas (3), Utah (2), Virginia, West Virginia and Yukon.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Watson.

Communities near Watson ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Watson.

  • Dumas
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
  • McGehee
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southwest)
  • Rosedale
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rosedale
    • Rosedale is located in Bolivar County (MS)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,559 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rosedale <5>
  • Gould
    (18 miles [29 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gould
    • Gould is located in Lincoln County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 719 people
  • Gillett
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northwest)
  • Gunnison
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gunnison
    • Gunnison is located in Bolivar County (MS)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 399 people
  • Beulah
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beulah
    • Beulah is located in Bolivar County (MS)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 329 people
  • Mitchellville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mitchellville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mitchellville
    • Mitchellville is located in Desha County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 327 people
  • Tillar
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tillar have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tillar
    • Tillar is located in Drew County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 210 people
  • Winchester
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Winchester
    • Winchester is located in Drew County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 160 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Watson. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Watson.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Watson. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Watson.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Watson. See our Newspapers Page for Watson.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Watson ...

Looking for more information about Watson? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Watson, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Watson.

Adding Watson to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Watson in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Watson was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Watson.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Watson. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Arkansas' counties, including Desha, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Watson.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Watson - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Watson). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Watson or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.


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