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Atwater
Atwater City Hall, built as a hotel in 1904
Atwater City Hall, built as a hotel in 1904
Location of Atwater, Minnesota
Location of Atwater, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Kandiyohi
Area
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Land 1.03 sq mi (2.66 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation
1,214 ft (370 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,124
 • Density 1,089.58/sq mi (420.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
56209
Area code(s) 320
FIPS code 27-02692
GNIS feature ID 0639501

Atwater is a city in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 1,124 at the 2020 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), of which 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

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

History

Atwater was laid out in 1869, and incorporated in 1876. The city was named for E. D. Atwater, a railroad official. A post office has been in operation at Atwater since 1870.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 302
1890 429 42.1%
1900 588 37.1%
1910 600 2.0%
1920 735 22.5%
1930 694 −5.6%
1940 815 17.4%
1950 880 8.0%
1960 899 2.2%
1970 956 6.3%
1980 1,128 18.0%
1990 1,053 −6.6%
2000 1,079 2.5%
2010 1,133 5.0%
2020 1,124 −0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2020 Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,133 people, 468 households, and 312 families living in the city. The population density was 1,100.0 inhabitants per square mile (424.7/km2). There were 494 housing units at an average density of 479.6 per square mile (185.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.

There were 468 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 37.7 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 28.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

Education

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.

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