Atwater, California Population 2024

32,810

Atwater is a city located in Merced County California. Atwater has a 2024 population of 32,810. Atwater is currently growing at a rate of 0.67% annually and its population has increased by 2.68% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,955 in 2020.

The average household income in Atwater is $82,701 with a poverty rate of 17.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Atwater is 33.5 years, 30.8 years for males, and 36.5 years for females.

Atwater Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Atwater was:

  • White: 45.53%
  • Other race: 34.39%
  • Two or more races: 8.15%
  • Asian: 5.18%
  • Black or African American: 4.54%
  • Native American: 1.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.05%
Land Area (mi²)
6.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
5,385.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
2.68% (855)
The current population of Atwater, California is 32,810 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 31,955.

Atwater, California Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White14,49745.53%
Other race10,95134.39%
Two or more races2,5948.15%
Asian1,6485.18%
Black or African American1,4464.54%
Native American3701.16%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander3351.05%
showing: 7 rows

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Atwater Population by Race

Atwater Population Pyramid 2024

Atwater Median Age

33.5

Total

30.8

Male

36.5

Female

Atwater Adults

There are 22,731 adults, (3,966 of whom are seniors) in Atwater.

Atwater Age Dependency

69.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Atwater Sex Ratio

Female15,93250.04%
Male15,90949.96%

Atwater Population by Age

Atwater Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All10,2483.0953.946.1
Married4,8683.7765.134.9
Non Family2,3511.2340.359.7
Female2,1173.3340.259.8
Male9123.6861.538.5
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3.47

Average Family Size

3.09

Average Household Size

53.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Atwater Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Atwater Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Atwater Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 93.18%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 27.33%.

Atwater Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$41,206

Average Earnings

$47,340

Average Male

$34,283

Average Female

Atwater Earnings by Educational Attainment

Atwater Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Atwater Language

53.26% of Atwater residents speak only English, while 46.74% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 40.01% of the population.

Atwater Language

Atwater Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic17,7203,73121.06%
Other10,7992,26921.01%
White9,5341,19012.48%
Multiple2,59032712.63%
Asian1,64826616.14%
Black1,40826318.68%
Native3665615.3%
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17.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.15%

Male Poverty Rate

17.83%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Atwater

The race most likely to be in poverty in Atwater is Hispanic, with 21.06% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Atwater is White, with 12.48% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.15%.

Atwater Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.35%
High School18.38%
Some College9.18%
Bachelors or Greater2.84%
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Atwater Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed24.43%
Female Unemployed17.1%
Male Employed6.71%
Female Employed5.06%
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Atwater Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Atwater Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Atwater Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

45.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.0%

Male Marriage Rate

43.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Atwater Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Atwater Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Atwater Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Atwater Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,404

Number of Veterans

1,121

Male Veterans

283

Female Veterans

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Atwater Veterans by War

count

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Atwater Veterans by Age

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Atwater Veterans by Race

Atwater Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.79%

Veteran Poverty Rate

40.7%

Veteran Disability Rate

Atwater Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

63.6%

Labor Force Participation

56.2%

Employment Rate

11%

Unemployment Rate

Atwater Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Atwater Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Atwater Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

64.56%

Born in Atwater

77.8%

Native Born

22.2%

Foreign Born

13.39%

Non Citizen

8.81%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.8% of Atwater residents were born in the United States, with 64.56% having been born in California. 13.39% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Atwater Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202933,9052190.65%
202833,6862190.65%
202733,4672190.66%
202633,2482190.66%
202533,0292190.67%
202432,8102190.67%
202332,5912190.68%
202232,3722190.68%
202132,1531980.62%
202031,9551,3144.29%
201930,641900.29%
201830,5512610.86%
201730,2904261.43%
201629,8642680.91%
201529,5962260.77%
201429,3701380.47%
201329,232630.22%
201229,1692210.76%
201128,9483341.17%
201028,6145,50123.8%
200023,1138313.73%
199022,2824,75227.11%
198017,5305,89050.6%
197011,6404,32259.06%
19607,3184,462156.23%
19502,8561,621131.26%
19401,23531834.68%
1930917
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Atwater Population by Year