Crime & Safety
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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.
I live on the outskirts of Atwater surrounded by almond orchards. Atwater is a small town in a farming community about 10 miles from Merced. It has a nice shopping center. My brother attends the local high school which my family has had a good experience with. Atwater has it's pretty time of year during the spring when the almond trees bloom. It creates a spectacular view and fragrance.