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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,906
Male Share of the Population49.5%
Female Share of the Population50.5%
Senior Citizens10.7%
Employed Population 16+10,500
Age of the Population30

Families

% of people married43.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.7%
Median Earnings25+$29,431
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,045
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,319

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,904
% Above Poverty Level76.6%
% Below Poverty Level23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone19.5%
Median Gross Rent$897
Median House Value$160,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)73.5%
German6.8%
Irish5%
English4.3%
Portuguese3.2%
Italian2.3%
French Except Basque1.4%
Swedish1%
Scottish0.9%
Dutch0.8%
African0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Polish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Arab0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Russian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Czech0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
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Atwater Almanac

CategoryValue
County Merced County
Standard Zip Codes95301
Phone Area Codes209
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude37.32
Approximate Longitude-120.63

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)

StationMERCED
Distance6.7 miles
Jan Temp38 to 55 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp61 to 97 F
Oct Temp48 to 81 F
Annual Precip12.5 inches
StationTURLOCK #2
Distance17 miles
Jan Temp39 to 54 F
Apr Temp49 to 73 F
Jul Temp62 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 78 F
Annual Precip12.4 inches
StationLOS BANOS
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp37 to 55 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp62 to 95 F
Oct Temp51 to 80 F
Annual Precip9.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hughson7,160$63,575
Livingston13,703$55,348
Merced81,461$41,423
Turlock71,166$61,667
Waterford8,708$53,696

Atwater Public Schools

Aileen Colburn Elementary
2201 Heller St.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 458
Atwater High
2201 Fruitland Ave.
ZIP: 95301
High
Total Enrollment 1820
Atwater Junior Academy
1434 California St.
ZIP: 95301
Atwater Senior Academy
1800 Juniper Ave.
ZIP: 95301
Middle
Total Enrollment 6
Bellevue Elementary
1020 E. Bellevue Rd.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
Bellevue Senior Elementary
1020 E. Bellevue Rd.
ZIP: 95301
Middle
Total Enrollment 197
Buhach Colony High
1800 Buhach Rd.
ZIP: 95301
High
Total Enrollment 1725
Elmer Wood Elementary
1271 W. Bellevue Rd.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 516
Mitchell Elementary
1761 Grove Ave.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 556
Mitchell Intermediate
1753 Fifth St.
ZIP: 95301
Middle
Total Enrollment 865
Peggy Heller Elementary
201 Lake View Dr.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 543
Shaffer Elementary
1434 California St.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 528
Thomas Olaeta Elementary
2266 High St.
ZIP: 95301
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Valley Atwater Community
1800 Matthew Ave.
ZIP: 95301
Other
Total Enrollment 72

Atwater Private Schools

Central Valley Christian School
2457 Man O War Ct
ZIP: 95301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 49
King's Christian Academy
1683 5th St
ZIP: 95301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 17
Landmark Christian School
1925 Olive Ave
ZIP: 95301
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 37
St Anthony School
1801 Winton Way
ZIP: 95301
Elementary
Total Enrollment 91
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