59 reviews
  1. Town in California
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Real Estate
    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
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$134,900
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$905
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    511
    264
  • Murder
    0
    5
  • Rape
    31
    37
  • Robbery
    86
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    829
    575
  • Theft
    2,362
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    345
    257

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,619
National
$53,046
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    28%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Atwater Reviews

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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.