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Atwater, California
(Merced County)

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Welcome to Atwater ...

The city of Atwater is located in Merced County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Atwater has a population of 30,641 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Atwater, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated August 16, 1922.

Atwater is 150 feet [46 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Atwater lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Atwater lies within the (209) area code.

The ZIP codes for Atwater: 95301, 95342<4>

Websites for Atwater ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Atwater had an population of 30,641 people. This is an increase of 8.78% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 32.57% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Atwater had a population of 28,168 people (or 11.01% of the total population of Merced County). This makes Atwater the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Atwater represents 0.08% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 244th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 28,168 people, the population of Atwater increased 21.87% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 23,113 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Atwater.

Communities Also Named Atwater ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two California communities named Atwater: This one is located in Merced County and the other is located in Los Angeles County.

Beyond California, there are 9 communities that are also named Atwater - they are located in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Saskatchewan and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Atwater.

Communities near Atwater ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Atwater.

  • Merced [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Merced
    • Merced [Merced County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the southeast of Atwater
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 88,235 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Merced
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Merced<6>
  • Turlock [Stanislaus County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turlock
    • Turlock [Stanislaus County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Atwater
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 73,059 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turlock
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Turlock<6>
  • Livingston [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Livingston
    • Livingston [Merced County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the west of Atwater
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,926 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Livingston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Livingston<6>
  • Cressey [Merced County]
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    • Amsterdam [Merced County]
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      • Amsterdam [Merced County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northeast of Atwater
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amsterdam
    • Arundel [Merced County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arundel
      • Arundel [Merced County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the north of Atwater
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arundel have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Ballico [Merced County]
    • Delhi [Merced County]
    • Hilmar [Merced County]
    • Stevinson [Merced County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Atwater. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Atwater.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Atwater. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Atwater.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Atwater. See our Newspapers Page for Atwater.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Atwater ...

Looking for more information about Atwater? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Atwater, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Atwater.

Adding Atwater to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Atwater in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Atwater was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Atwater on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for California

About Merced County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Atwater:

The official website for Merced County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Merced, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Atwater.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Atwater - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Atwater). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Atwater or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Atwater) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Atwater. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AtwaterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Atwater. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3531, Longitude: -120.6077    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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