B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$147,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$888
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    51%
  • Own
    49%

Atwater Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    548
    0
  • Murder
    10
    0
  • Rape
    27
    41
  • Robbery
    89
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    572
    1
  • Theft
    2,591
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    599
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,414
National
$53,889
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    28%
    13%
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Atwater Reviews

65 reviews
All Categories
As a mom I love Grocery shopping in Atwater. The stores are neater and cleaner than Merced.
Atwater is improving slowly over the years, but change that I would like to see happen, is more shops and activities for teens to go to, to hang out, help keep them out of trouble, drug free, and off the streets. Setting guided paths for their success. Speaking from my own teenage experience, this would have been beneficial for me and my piers. Keeping kids safe and building economic growth within it's own community.
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Atwater has a small town feel but you still have access to stores, restaurants, and shopping centers. Many people feel the need to go to Merced or Modesto for clothes shopping because the selection is quite small since there is no Atwater Mall. Safety is decent but there are spurts of gang violence with the teenagers. The two high schools - Buhach Colony and Atwater High - create a fun rivalry, although it did escalate to the tagging of both high schools in the 2015-2016 school year. At night there is not much to do because it is a small town. Most things close at approximately 9 pm. This seems to be the most common complaint among young adults.
The school systems are the best thing about the Atwater area. There is a lot of pride and spirit for both the schools in the area. The teachers and administrators are excellent. However, for those of us who do not attend grade and high school it is difficult to find jobs. Many of the jobs require a candidate to be bilingual or they hire friends. There are too many hard working people not being awarded jobs they are qualified for because they do not know the right kinds of people or do not speak Spanish.