Atwater, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Atwater, California - Basic Facts

The City of Atwater had a population of 29,137 as of July 1, 2016. Atwater ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Atwater is located at latitude 37.354 and longitude -120.5972 in Merced County. The formal boundaries for the City of Atwater (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.11 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Merced County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 151 feet.

The City of Atwater (GNIS ID: 2409752) 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.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Atwater is located within Atwater CCD of Merced County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Atwater population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Atwater, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 29,137
Population in Households 28,981
Population in Familes 25,330
Population in Group Qrtrs 156
Population Density1 4,766
Diversity Index2 79


Total Households 9,105
Average Household Size 3.18
Family Households 6,983
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 10,158 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,885 (48.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,220 (41.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,053 (10.4%)
Median Home Value $153,823
Average Home Value $205,569


Median Household Income $43,255
Average Household Income $57,769
Per Capita Income $18,496
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.54% 0.64%
Households 0.48% 0.6%
Families 0.37% 0.59%
Median Household Income   0.16%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Atwater, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Atwater to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 270 82nd
Population Density1 # 257 83rd
Diversity Index2 # 408 73rd
Median Household Income # 1103 27th
Per Capita Income # 1215 20th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.