Atwater, Minnesota

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Atwater, Minnesota

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High Points

Atwater strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Minnesota):

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Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Atwater Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Atwater Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Atwater Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Atwater, Minnesota

Comparing Atwater to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Minnesota (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 9 7
Age of the Population 8 7
Senior Citizens 7 6
Female Share of the Population 6 7
Male Share of the Population 5 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 7
People in Middle Class or Better 8 6
Median Family Income 8 6
College Educated Adults 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 7
Public Transportation Use 8 6
Short Commute Times 7 5
Working at Home 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 8 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 5
Affordability of Rents 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 4
Housing Recently Built 4 4
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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Atwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles SW of St. Cloud, Minnesota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 74 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Kandiyohi
Standard Zip Codes 56209
Phone Area Codes 320
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 45.138
Longitude -94.777

Atwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 34 to 55 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 58 F
Annual Precip 28.2 inches
Distance 14 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 58 F
Annual Precip 31.6 inches
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp -0 to 20 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 27.1 inches
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Atwater Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,079 100%
Male 514 47.6%
Female 565 52.4%
Under 18 251 23.3%
18+ 828 76.7%
65+ 198 18.4%
Median Age 40.6
Average Family Size 2.89
White 1,057 98%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 2 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 8 0.7%
Mixed Race 9 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 14 1.3%

Estimated Atwater Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,047
Growth -32
Growth % -3%

Atwater Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 39.2%
Norwegian 22.9%
Swedish 14%
Irish 2.9%
English 2.4%
US/American 2.4%
Dutch 2.1%
French Canadian 1.9%
Scandinavian 1.7%
Danish 1.5%
Finnish 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Czech 1.4%
Polish 1.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 1%
Italian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Croatian 0.5%
Scottish 0.3%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Atwater 1,079 $48,289
Grove City 608 $38,750
Kandiyohi 555 $52,500
Lake Lillian 257 $31,875
Litchfield 6,562 $45,233
Spicer 1,126 $48,542
Willmar 18,351 $45,415
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Atwater High Schools (2004)

302 S 2ND ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 17 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.5

Atwater Colleges

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