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A+ Atwater Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Atwater Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% lower than California
1022% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Atwater cost of living
F Atwater Crime Total crime is 31% higher than California
Total crime
3,86940% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2640% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-13%Year over year crime is down
Atwater crime
F Atwater Employment Household income is 28% lower than California
Median household income
$45,80017% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,41738% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%80% higher than the US average
Atwater employment
B Atwater Housing Home value is 61% lower than California
Median home value
$160,20013% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$8975% lower than the US average
Home ownership
51%20% lower than the US average
Atwater real estate or Atwater rentals
F Atwater Schools HS graduation rate is 13% lower than California
High school grad. rates
69%16% lower than the US average
School test scores
31%37% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
20:125% higher than the US average
Atwater K-12 schools

Living in Atwater, CA

Atwater, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 28,906 people. With a population density of 4,726 people per square mile, Atwater is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Atwater identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 42% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. If you are a young adult or student, you might be pleased to know that the average age of all Atwater residents is 30.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Atwater could be a positive experience compared to other cities in California if you know where to look. Finding the best places to live in Atwater and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, weather, education, employment and other important metrics.

The livability score in Atwater is 64/100 and the city is ranked in the 34th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we see that Atwater ranks very well for amenities (A+), weather (B) and housing (B). There are some categories that Atwater does not rank well for, including: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Atwater on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Atwater can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Atwater is real estate affordability. The median home price for Atwater homes is $160,200, which is 60.9% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Atwater, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 45.3% lower than the California average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Atwater area were 6.7% and 5 year appreciation rates were 13.5%.

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Being a Resident of Merced County now has allowed me to know Atwater, CA.

I must saw its a great little town! It is not a huge city that has night clubs or big attractions like a city does. If you are looking into moving to Atwater, CA for those reasons Atwater is not the town.

But if you are wanting a very nice quite area with a touch of Country style living its a must see. There are many nice desired areas with great schools a bit of historic parks and good schools. Atwater has grown in many ways from the great new Applegate shopping center to many new home subdivisions.

New homes now selling in Meadowview 253 Piro Dr Atwater, CA 95301

If looking to buy Real Estate and need helping with your home search I will be more then happy to help!

I am a Realtor at your service that lives in Merced County :) If there is anything I can do to help please do not hesitate to contact me. Best of luck with your area search!

Maria Angeles Lomeli, Realtor.
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