Atwater has the 1063rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 3.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Atwater is part of the Merced metro area. Unemployment in the Merced area is 9%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Merced has the 244th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Atwater is below average at $43,840, and the median cost of a home in Atwater is $134,900, which is below the national average. 13% of workers in Atwater hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 71% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Atwater. 72% of Atwater workers drive to work alone, 7% take public transit, 10% carpool, and 9% walk. People in Atwater spend an average of 24 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.