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Overview

Introduction to Atwater, California

Atwater, California, in Merced county, is 7 miles NW of Merced, California (center to center) and 62 miles NW of Fresno, California. The city is located in the Merced metropolitan area. 

Atwater History

Atwater's history dates back to the late 1800s when M. D. Atwater was one of the largest land owners of the area. He had a huge contribution in developing the agricultural community of the area, and the place was named after him. Two of the other influences on the area include the Highway 99, and the Castle Air Force Base which was set up in 1941 as an aircrew training facility by the US Army. The City of Atwater was incorporated in 1922.

Atwater and nearby Attractions

  • Atwater Branch Merced County Library
  • Castle Air Museum
  • Veterans Memorial Building
  • Rancho Del Rey Golf Course
  • Atwater Memorial Ballpark
  • Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Things To Do In Atwater

The city of Atwater is steeped in tradition which is reflected in the memorial buildings, city halls, and libraries. Visitors keen on learning about the history of this place can pay a visit to the Castle Air Museum or the Bloss House Museum. There are quite a few churches around the city that have retained their old world charm. One can visit the amusement parks like the Heller Park, the Andy Albiani Park, the E L Walters Park or the Atwater Memorial Ballpark, all of which offer excellent entertainment opportunities for adults and kids alike. Enthusiastic shoppers can also browse through the numerous shops in the Atwater Plaza Shopping Center, the Atwater Town Center Shopping Center, the Lucky Shopping Center or the Model Market Shopping Center.

Atwater Transportation

Merced Municipal/ Macready Field Airport is nearby.

Atwater Higher Education

Merced College serves the area.

People

Total Population 28,858
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 10.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,078
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $28,832
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,377
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,201

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,237
% Above Poverty Level 73.8%
% Below Poverty Level 26.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 20%
Median Gross Rent $888
Median House Value $147,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 72.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 4.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Atwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles NW of Merced, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles NW of Fresno, California
County Merced
Metro Area Merced
Standard Zip Codes 95301
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95342
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.347
Longitude -120.608

Atwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MERCED
Distance 6.7 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 61 to 97 F
Oct Temp 48 to 81 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station TURLOCK #2
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches
Station LOS BANOS
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hughson 7,032 $56,909
Livingston 13,611 $52,902
Merced 81,120 $40,970
Turlock 70,596 $60,604
Waterford 8,649 $48,676

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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2201 FRUITLAND AVE.
209-357-6000
A Title I School.
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Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

BUHACH COLONY HIGH
1800 BUHACH ROAD
209-357-6600
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,510 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.7

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