Atwater, Minnesota

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Atwater is a city in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,079 at the 2000 census.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (4.67%) is water.

U.S. Route 12 serves as a main route in the city.


Atwater is part of a consolidated school district with the cities of Cosmos and Grove City, which comprise the "ACGC" school district. Their mascot name is the Falcons. School colors are teal, black and silver. Currently, students in grades 5-12 attend classes in the neighboring town of Grove City. Younger students from Atwater attend ACGC North Elementary located approximately one-quarter mile from the downtown.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,079 people, 461 households, and 296 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,053.3 people per square mile (408.4/km²). There were 475 housing units at an average density of 463.7/sq mi (179.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.96% White, 0.09% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 461 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,265, and the median income for a family was $48,289. Males had a median income of $30,365 versus $22,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,112. About 4.1% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

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