Atwater, California Population 2022

32,730
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Atwater is a city located in Merced County California. With a 2020 population of 32,730, it is the 251st largest city in California and the 1390th largest city in the United States. Atwater is currently growing at a rate of 1.17% annually and its population has increased by 2.38% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,970 in 2020. Spanning over 6 miles, Atwater has a population density of 5,372 people per square mile.

The average household income in Atwater is $68,084 with a poverty rate of 17.72%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,044 per month, and the median house value is $251,100. The median age in Atwater is 31.6 years, 29.4 years for males, and 33.1 years for females.

Atwater Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Atwaterwas:

  • White: 57.63%
  • Other race: 27.58%
  • Two or more races: 5.09%
  • Asian: 4.65%
  • Black or African American: 3.56%
  • Native American: 0.92%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.57%
The current population of Atwater, California is 32,730 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 31,970.

Atwater, California Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White17,48357.63%
Black or African American1,0803.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native2790.92%
Asian1,4114.65%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1720.57%
Some Other Race8,36827.58%
Two or More Races1,5435.09%
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Atwater Population by Race

Atwater Population Pyramid 2022

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Atwater Median Age

33.6


Total

30.7


Male

36.6


Female

Atwater Adults

There are 21,724 adults, (3,651 of whom are seniors) in Atwater.

Atwater Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

47.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Atwater Sex Ratio

Female

15,507

51.12%

Male

14,829

48.88%

Atwater Population by Age

Atwater Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Atwater Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male67.3%32.7%
Married59%41%
All52.4%47.6%
Non Family45.6%54.4%
Female38.3%61.7%

52.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Atwater Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,0902.9952.4
Married5,0753.5859
Male6974.1267.3
Female1,8773.1838.3
Non Family2,4411.3145.6

3.36

Average Family Size

2.99

Average Household Size

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Atwater Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,80014.82%
9th to 12th Grade2,55513.52%
High School Graduate4,09621.68%
Some College5,14727.24%
Associates Degree1,6618.79%
Bachelors Degree2,01610.67%
Graduate Degree6203.28%
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Atwater Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Atwater Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian1,083704286
2+ Races761567192
Black804722162
White7,2936,3491,464
Hispanic9,1945,351602
Other Race4,9072,191185
Islander9380
Native American169144

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 89.80%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 26.41%.

Atwater Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,708$41,417$28,047
Less Than 9th Grade$24,191$31,393$19,243
High School Graduate$34,571$37,600$31,295
Some College$36,696$52,346$27,340
Bachelors Degree$50,977$74,537$46,250
Graduate Degree$67,083$82,457$60,179

$34,708

Average Earnings

$41,417

Average Male

$28,047

Average Female

Atwater Earnings by Educational Attainment

Atwater Language by Age

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Atwater Language

55.43% of Atwater residents speak only English, while 44.57% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 38.19% of the population.

Atwater Language

Atwater Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander1725029.07%
Hispanic16,5613,71922.46%
Multiple1,54321914.19%
Native2733613.19%
Black1,03213012.60%
White10,1031,18111.69%
Asian1,4111379.71%
Other1,929NaN%

17.72%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.43%

Male Poverty Rate

18.96%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Atwater

The race most likely to be in poverty in Atwater is Islander, with 29.07% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.30%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.27%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.83%.

Atwater Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.89%
High School20.86%
Some College10.55%
Bachelors or Greater2.39%

Atwater Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.06%
Male Unemployed27.47%
Female Employed7.77%
Female Unemployed26.97%

Atwater Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Atwater Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$57,052$70,170
Families$60,040$74,529
Married Families$75,411$88,258
Non Families$35,798$46,523
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Income by Household Type

Atwater Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

48.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.2%

Male Marriage Rate

44.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Atwater Married by Age and Sex

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Atwater Marriage

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

Atwater Marital Status by Race

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Atwater Marital Status

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1,381

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War126
First Gulf War321
Vietnam664
Korea210
World War II24

Atwater Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3438
35 to 54201
55 to 64356
65 to 74338
75+448

Atwater Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White9937.83%
Black13915.87%
Native American136.63%
Asian484.06%
Islander88.60%
Other Race1051.83%
2+ Races758.87%
Hispanic2502.31%

Atwater Veterans by Race

Atwater Veterans by Education

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5.70%

Veteran Poverty Rate

50.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Atwater Veterans by Education

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63.8%

Labor Force Participation

56.9%

Employment Rate

10%

Unemployment Rate

Atwater Employment by Age

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Atwater Employment by Race

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Atwater Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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61.16%

Born in Atwater

77.36%

Native Born

22.64%

Foreign Born

12.99%

Non Citizen

9.65%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.36% of Atwater residents were born in the United States, with 61.16% having been born in California. 12.99% 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: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19309170.00%
19401,2353183.02%
19502,8561,6218.74%
19607,3184,4629.87%
197011,6404,3224.75%
198017,5305,8904.18%
199022,2824,7522.43%
200023,1138310.37%
201028,1685,0552.00%
201128,5483801.35%
201228,9283801.33%
201329,3083801.31%
201429,6883801.30%
201530,0683801.28%
201630,4483801.26%
201730,8283801.25%
201831,2083801.23%
201931,5883801.22%
202031,9703821.21%
202132,3503801.19%
202232,7303801.17%

Atwater Population by Year