Atwater is a medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 29,559 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Atwater is the 256th largest community in California.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Atwater is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.13% of the Atwater workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Atwater is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Atwater who work in office and administrative support (11.98%), farm management occupations (10.58%), and sales jobs (8.27%).
In terms of college education, the citizens of Atwater rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.03% of adults 25 and older in Atwater have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Atwater in 2018 was $22,157, which is lower middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $88,628 for a family of four. However, Atwater contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Atwater is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Atwater home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Atwater, accounting for 56.55% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Atwater residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Atwater include German, Irish, Portuguese, English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Atwater's cultural character, accounting for 22.30% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Atwater is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Portuguese.