Merkel, Texas

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Population in 2019: 2,617 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -0.8%
 
Males: 1,158  (44.3%)
Females: 1,459  (55.7%)
Median resident age:

38.5 years
Texas median age:

35.1 years

Zip codes: 79536.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $45,987 (it was $29,083 in 2000)
Merkel:

$45,987
TX:

$64,034

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $23,747 (it was $13,292 in 2000)

Merkel town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $74,656 (it was $32,700 in 2000)
Merkel:

$74,656
TX:

$200,400

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $179,568; detached houses: $184,813; townhouses or other attached units: $202,874; in 2-unit structures: $199,184; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $314,470; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $120,435; mobile homes: $68,943; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $54,386

Median gross rent in 2019: $615.

March 2019 cost of living index in Merkel: 77.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 18.0%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 75.8% for other race residents)
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  • Races in Merkel, TX (2019)
    • 2,10878.8%White alone
    • 47917.9%Hispanic
    • 281.0%Black alone
    • 80.3%Asian alone
    • 80.3%Two or more races
    • 60.2%American Indian alone

Races in Merkel detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Texas and other state lists, there were 20 registered sex offenders living in Merkel, Texas as of April 15, 2021.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Merkel is 132 to 1.


Crime rates in Merkel by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(77.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(37.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.3)
4
(153.8)
8
(305.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(76.2)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
8
(300.2)
5
(193.3)
4
(152.4)
5
(191.4)
4
(152.7)
4
(151.3)
6
(226.2)
5
(191.7)
3
(115.7)
2
(76.8)
7
(267.3)
2
(76.5)
5
(192.2)
7
(266.9)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
17
(637.9)
19
(734.4)
22
(838.1)
10
(382.8)
10
(381.8)
4
(151.3)
17
(640.8)
14
(536.8)
8
(308.6)
8
(307.3)
10
(381.8)
9
(344.4)
12
(461.4)
7
(266.9)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
30
(1,126)
28
(1,082)
12
(457.1)
20
(765.7)
36
(1,375)
7
(264.8)
26
(980.0)
18
(690.2)
23
(887.3)
21
(806.8)
25
(954.6)
18
(688.9)
10
(384.5)
7
(266.9)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.7)
1
(38.1)
2
(76.6)
2
(76.4)
1
(37.8)
1
(37.7)
2
(76.7)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.4)
1
(38.2)
2
(76.5)
1
(38.4)
3
(114.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(37.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(38.1)
City-Data.com crime index149.7209.9110.5113.3118.454.5162.5109.780.2103.0121.4103.7212.2358.7

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Merkel, TX

Crime rate in Merkel detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 5 (5 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.91
Texas average:

1.79
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Ancestries: German (10.2%), American (8.1%), Irish (7.0%), English (5.2%), Dutch (3.1%), Scottish (2.8%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1870 feet

Land area: 1.96 square miles.

Population density: 1,332 people per square mile   (low).

Merkel, Texas map

60 residents are foreign born (1.1% Latin America, 0.9% Europe).

This town:

2.3%
Texas:

17.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $951 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $615 (1.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Abilene, TX (15.7 miles , pop. 115,930).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fort Worth, TX (157.2 miles , pop. 534,694).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (189.3 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Trent, TX (2.6 miles ),
Tye, TX (2.9 miles ),
Hawley-Noodle, TX (3.6 miles ),
Hawley, TX (3.9 miles ),
Abilene, TX (4.0 miles ),
Impact, TX (4.0 miles),
Buffalo Gap, TX (4.1 miles ),
Jim Ned, TX (4.5 miles )

Latitude: 32.47 N, Longitude: 100.01 W

Area code: 325

Distribution of median household income in Merkel, TX in 2019
Distribution of house value in Merkel, TX in 2019
Merkel satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2002: 5 buildings, average cost: $57,000
  • 2003: 4 buildings, average cost: $96,300
  • 2004: 2 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 2005: 2 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 2008: 1 building, cost: $160,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $175,600
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $179,400
  • 2013: 1 building, cost: $192,600
  • 2016: 2 buildings, average cost: $227,900
  • 2017: 1 building, cost: $227,900
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $227,900
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $227,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Merkel, TX residents
Average permit cost in Merkel, TX
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

5.8%
Texas:

8.0%
Population change in the 1990s: +116 (+4.6%).
Most common industries in Merkel, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (13.9%)
  • Health care (8.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.8%)
  • Public administration (5.2%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (5.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.9%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (4.3%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Educational services (7.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (7.3%)
  • Public administration (7.1%)
  • Truck transportation (7.1%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.9%)
  • Construction (5.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (20.3%)
  • Health care (14.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (9.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (8.8%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.3%)
  • Social assistance (4.5%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (3.7%)
Most common occupations in Merkel, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.2%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.6%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (4.3%)
  • Cashiers (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.7%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (14.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (10.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (7.1%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (9.7%)
  • Cashiers (8.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (7.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.1%)
  • Supervisors and other personal care and service workers, except child care workers (5.6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.8%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.8%)

Average climate in Merkel, Texas

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Tornado activity:

Merkel-area historical tornado activity is near Texas state average. It is 44% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/28/1950, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.1 miles away from the Merkel town center killed 5 people and injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 5/15/1965, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 16.6 miles away from the town center injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Merkel-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 389% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 58.5 miles away from the city center
On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi) earthquake occurred 249.3 miles away from Merkel center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 282.1 miles away from Merkel center
On 9/3/2016 at 12:02:44, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.5 mi) earthquake occurred 325.3 miles away from the city center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 180.6 miles away from the city center
On 9/11/2011 at 12:27:44, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 51.2 miles away from Merkel center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Taylor County (16) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Fires: 6, Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Hurricanes: 3, Tornadoes: 3, Tropical Storm: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Merkel topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Merkel:

  • MERKEL NURSING CENTER (1704 N 1ST)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Merkel:

  • BRENDA COMMUNITY HOME (Hospital, about 13 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • CARE INN OF ABILENE (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • HOSPICE OF THE BIG COUNTRY (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • NORTH 9TH HOUSE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • RICHLAND (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • HAWTHORNE HOUSE (Hospital, about 14 miles away; ABILENE, TX)
  • ABILENE HOME HEALTH PROFESSIONAL CARE INC (Home Health Center, about 15 miles away; ABILENE, TX)

Amtrak station near Merkel:

  • 17 miles: ABILENE (GREYHOUND STA., 535 CEDAR ST.) - Bus Station

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merkel:

  • Abilene Christian University (about 18 miles; Abilene, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,025)
  • Cisco College (about 61 miles; Cisco, TX; FT enrollment: 2,687)
  • Angelo State University (about 76 miles; San Angelo, TX; FT enrollment: 6,019)
  • Howard College (about 86 miles; Big Spring, TX; FT enrollment: 2,587)
  • Tarleton State University (about 107 miles; Stephenville, TX; FT enrollment: 8,882)
  • Vernon College (about 124 miles; Vernon, TX; FT enrollment: 2,216)
  • Midland College (about 127 miles; Midland, TX; FT enrollment: 3,650)

Public high school in Merkel:

  • MERKEL H S (Location: 2000 S 7TH ST, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Merkel:

  • MERKEL J H (Students: 306, Location: 302 ASH, Grades: 7-8)
  • MERKEL EL (Students: 268, Location: 1502 S 5TH, Grades: PK-2)
  • MERKEL MIDDLE (Students: 241, Location: 302 ASH, Grades: 5-6)
  • MERKEL INT (Location: 1601 S 3RD, Grades: 3-4)
See full list of schools located in Merkel

Library in Merkel:

  • MERKEL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $20,625; Location: 100 KENT; 9,040 books; 116 audio materials; 475 video materials; 1 local licensed databases; 50 state licensed databases; 5 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Strongest AM radio stations in Merkel: KMXO (1500 AM; 250 W; Merkel, TX; Owner: El Gran Mandamiento Broadcasting Co. Inc.)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Merkel: Merkel Volunteer Fire Department (A), Merkel Emergency Medical Service (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Church in Merkel: Church of Christ (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Rose Hill Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Taylor County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Merkel and their reported violations in the past:

BLAIR WSC (Population served: 840, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2014 and MAR-2014, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-06-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (MAY-06-2014), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-18-2014), St Public Notif received (AUG-01-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2013 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-27-2014), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-27-2014), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-28-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-29-2014), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-18-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2013 and SEP-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (DEC-03-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-03-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-28-2014), St Public Notif received (MAR-04-2014), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-18-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2013 and JUN-2013, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-15-2013), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-15-2013), St Public Notif received (DEC-09-2013), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-28-2014), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-18-2014)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2007 and SEP-2007, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (2 times from DEC-11-2007 to DEC-11-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (2 times from DEC-11-2007 to DEC-11-2007), St Public Notif received (2 times from JAN-14-2008 to JAN-14-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2008)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2007 and JUN-2007, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-10-2007), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-10-2007), St Public Notif received (SEP-05-2007), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2008)
  • 12 other older health violations
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.5 people
Texas:

2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

67.0%
Whole state:

69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

7.0%
Whole state:

6.0%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.8% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
51 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers in 2010
50 people in nursing homes in 2000

Banks with branches in Merkel (2011 data):

  • American State Bank: Merkel Branch at 111 Edwards Street, branch established on 1904/11/18. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $3,079.1 mil, Deposits: $2,459.5 mil, headquarters in Lubbock, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 46 total offices, Holding Company: American State Financial Corporation
  • First Financial Bank, National Association: Merkel Branch at 301 Edwards, branch established on 2008/08/01. Info updated 2008/04/17: Bank assets: $174.1 mil, Deposits: $157.5 mil, headquarters in Sweetwater, TX, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: First Financial Bankshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Merkel:

Marital status in Merkel, TX
  • Never married: 20.4%
  • Now married: 47.5%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 12.5%
  • Divorced: 18.1%

For population 25 years and over in Merkel:

  • High school or higher: 86.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.7
Texas average:

13.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Merkel
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Merkel, TX (based on Taylor County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant64,442166
Mainline Protestant12,58829
Catholic7,6005
Other1,8378
Black Protestant5583
Orthodox421
None44,439-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 12
Here:

0.95 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Here:

0.63 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.11 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 77
Taylor County:

6.09 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 80
This county:

6.33 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.2%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

27.0%
State:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

10.6%
Texas:

15.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.0%
Texas:

48.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Merkel:

42.3%
Texas:

46.4%

Average BMI:
Merkel:

28.7
State:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Merkel:

23.0%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Merkel:

11.3%
Texas:

10.4%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Merkel:

6.8
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

33.6%
State:

33.0%

General health condition:
Merkel:

52.4%
Texas:

55.5%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

76.7%
Texas:

80.4%

More about Health and Nutrition of Merkel, TX Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 5$19,601$47,0420$0
Other Government Administration 4$16,254$48,7620$0
Streets and Highways 2$7,059$42,3540$0
Water Supply 2$6,659$39,9540$0
Sewerage 1$5,290$63,4800$0
Judicial and Legal 1$4,481$53,7720$0
Local Libraries 0$0 2$2,659
Totals for Government 15$59,344$47,4752$2,659

Merkel government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $664,000 ($253.73)
    Regular Highways: $630,000 ($240.73)
    Police Protection: $428,000 ($163.55)
    Solid Waste Management: $357,000 ($136.42)
    Health - Other: $296,000 ($113.11)
    Financial Administration: $254,000 ($97.06)
    Sewerage: $225,000 ($85.98)
    Local Fire Protection: $220,000 ($84.07)
    General - Other: $124,000 ($47.38)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $84,000 ($32.10)
    Parks and Recreation: $38,000 ($14.52)
    Libraries: $27,000 ($10.32)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $11,000 ($4.20)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $266,000 ($101.64)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $396,000 ($151.32)
    Solid Waste Management: $181,000 ($69.16)
    Sewerage: $114,000 ($43.56)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $240,000 ($91.71)

Merkel government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $343,000 ($131.07)
    Solid Waste Management: $308,000 ($117.69)
    Other: $275,000 ($105.08)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $88,000 ($33.63)
    Fines and Forfeits: $86,000 ($32.86)
    Interest Earnings: $13,000 ($4.97)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $948,000 ($362.25)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $63,000 ($24.07)
    Health and Hospitals: $5,000 ($1.91)
  • Tax - Property: $587,000 ($224.30)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $358,000 ($136.80)
    Public Utilities Sales: $79,000 ($30.19)
    Other Selective Sales: $7,000 ($2.67)
    Other License: $6,000 ($2.29)

Merkel government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,941,000 ($2270.16)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,545,000 ($2118.84)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $396,000 ($151.32)

Merkel government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,692,000 ($1028.66)

7.47% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($43,502 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.47%
Texas average:

7.43%

0.27% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,598 average AGI)
Taylor County:

0.27%
Texas average:

0.08%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jones County, TX  0.46% ($38,209 average AGI)
from Callahan County, TX  0.36% ($44,254)
from Tarrant County, TX  0.30% ($40,768)


8.46% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($44,551 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.46%
Texas average:

7.26%

0.25% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,457 average AGI)
Taylor County:

0.25%
Texas average:

0.08%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Tarrant County, TX  0.49% ($41,889 average AGI)
to Jones County, TX  0.44% ($39,523)
to Callahan County, TX  0.44% ($42,393)
Businesses in Merkel, TX
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1SONIC Drive-In1
Dairy Queen1Subway1
Lane Furniture1

Strongest AM radio stations in Merkel:

  • KEAN (1470 AM; 5 kW; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KWKC (1340 AM; 1 kW; ABILENE, TX; Owner: DYNAMIC BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KZQQ (1560 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ABILENE, TX; Owner: ADRIAN LLOYD MYNATT)
  • KXOX (1240 AM; 1 kW; SWEETWATER, TX; Owner: STEIN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KAHZ (1360 AM; 50 kW; HURST, TX)
  • KKYX (680 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KESS (1270 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: KESS-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • KSLI (1280 AM; 1 kW; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTKR (760 AM; 50 kW; SAN ANTONIO, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KRLD (1080 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: TEXAS INFINITY BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • KZMP (1540 AM; 50 kW; UNIVERSITY PARK, TX; Owner: ENTRAVISION HOLDINGS, LLC)
  • KGKL (960 AM; 5 kW; SAN ANGELO, TX; Owner: KGKL, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Merkel:

  • KHYS (100.7 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KEAN-FM (105.1 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KHXS (102.7 FM; MERKEL, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KBCY (99.7 FM; TYE, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP)
  • KULL (92.5 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KCDD (103.7 FM; HAMLIN, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KGNZ (88.1 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • KEYJ-FM (107.9 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKHR (106.3 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: POWELL MEREDITH COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY)
  • KAGT-FM (90.5 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: GOSPEL RADIO NETWORK)
  • KFQX-FM (98.1 FM; ANSON, TX; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KNCE (95.1 FM; BAIRD, TX; Owner: DOUD MEDIA GROUP, LLC)
  • KOES (106.9 FM; STAMFORD, TX; Owner: TEXAS GULFWEST COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • K217CB (91.3 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KACU (89.7 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY)
  • KAQD (91.3 FM; ABILENE, TX; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Merkel:

  • KTXS-TV (Channel 12; SWEETWATER, TX; Owner: ABILENE-SWEETWATER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KPTA-LP (Channel 63; ABILENE-SWEETWATER, TX; Owner: PRIME TIME CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRBC-TV (Channel 9; ABILENE, TX; Owner: MISSION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KXVA (Channel 15; ABILENE, TX; Owner: STAR BROADCASTING LIMITED)
  • KTAB-TV (Channel 32; ABILENE, TX; Owner: NEXSTAR BROADCASTING OF ABILENE, LLC)
  • KIDB-CA (Channel 35; SWEETWATER, TX; Owner: SAGE BROADCASTING CORP./KIDY-TV)
  • KIDZ-LP (Channel 54; ABILENE, TX; Owner: SAGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • KTES-LP (Channel 40; ABILENE, TX; Owner: ABILENE-SWEETWATER BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K51CK (Channel 51; ABILENE, TX; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • KIDT-LP (Channel 43; STAMFORD, TX; Owner: SAGE BROADCASTING CORP./KIDY-TV)
Merkel fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
See more detailed statistics of Merkel fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2019 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 42Number of bridges
  • 246ft / 75.0mTotal length
  • $7,000Total costs
  • 294,670Total average daily traffic
  • 95,879Total average daily truck traffic
  • 397,300Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic
New bridges in Merkel, TX - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 41920-1929
  • 11940-1949
  • 321950-1959
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 22000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Merkel, TX

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Merkel)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

66 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 6.8 Miles Sw Of Merkel (Lat: 32.413167 Lon: -100.107056), Structure height: 326 m, Overall height: 325.8 m, Call Sign: KPG332,
    Assigned Frequencies: 450.990 MHz, Grant Date: 12/07/1994, Expiration Date: 08/01/2022, Registrant: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 1200 Seventeenth St., Nw, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: (202) 663-8195, Fax: (202) 663-8007, Email:

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

3
  • I 20 & Fm 126 (Lat: 32.463444 Lon: -100.014250), Call Sign: WDL590,
    Assigned Frequencies: 466.125 MHz, Grant Date: 02/07/2003, Expiration Date: 02/08/2013, Cancellation Date: 10/06/2011, Certifier: Phil Lawler, Registrant: West Texas Gas Inc., Abilene, TX 79604, Phone: (915) 677-6209, Fax: (915) 672-6502
  • 2.6 Mi Sw (Lat: 32.473444 Lon: -100.041472), Structure height: 6 m, Call Sign: WNPM719,
    Assigned Frequencies: 467.512 MHz, Grant Date: 11/11/2003, Expiration Date: 12/23/2013, Cancellation Date: 01/31/2011, Registrant: Sprint Nextel Corporation, 12502 Sunrise Valley Drive, M/S: Varesa0209, Reston, VA 20196, Phone: (703) 433-4000, Fax: (703) 433-4483
  • Lat: 32.317111 Lon: -100.126778, Call Sign: WQNV581,
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.387 MHz, 451.462 MHz, 451.537 MHz, 451.737 MHz, 452.162 MHz, Grant Date: 06/09/2011, Expiration Date: 06/09/2021, Certifier: Brooks E Dean, Registrant: Spectrum License Consultants Inc, 6713 Club Meadows Drive, Amarillo, TX 79124, Phone: (806) 352-4810, Fax: (806) 352-4830, Email:

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

16 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Merkel)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

3
  • Aircraft: CESSNA 170B (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: CONT MOTOR C145 SERIES (145 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 170JW , Serial Number: 25973, Airworthiness Date: 08/26/1955, Certificate Issue Date: 02/06/2020
    Registrant (Individual): David M Stark, 893 County Road 350, Merkel, TX 79536
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 08/21/2006, Exported to: Canada
  • Aircraft: BEECH D17S (Category: Land, Seats: 5, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 158 mph), Engine: Reciprocating
    N-Number: 264E , Serial Number: 4888, Airworthiness Date: 10/01/1955, Certificate Issue Date: 03/17/2016
    Registrant (Individual): David M Stark, 893 County Road 350, Merkel, TX 79536
  • Aircraft: GUY JEFFREY LOEHLE 5151 (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582SER (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 1351X , Serial Number: 151-868-2139, Year manufactured: 2010, Airworthiness Date: 11/29/2011, Certificate Issue Date: 04/28/2014
    Registrant (Individual): William L Drake, 8420 County Road 487, Merkel, TX 79536
    Deregistered: Cancel Date: 03/20/2018

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 17. The highest number of reported fires - 57 took place in 2017, and the least - 1 in 2013. The data has a growing trend.
    Fire incident types in Merkel, TX When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (67.7%), and Structure Fires (17.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Merkel, TX
    • 19167.7%Outside Fires
    • 5017.7%Structure Fires
    • 3412.1%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 72.5%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Merkel, TX
Most common first names in Merkel, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William4179.0 years
John4174.3 years
Mary3976.6 years
James3677.6 years
Robert2171.0 years
Charles1777.3 years
Willie1680.7 years
Billy1464.5 years
Henry1375.0 years
Joe1271.8 years
Most common last names in Merkel, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith2576.4 years
Williams2073.9 years
Wilson1580.0 years
Perry1577.3 years
West1484.8 years
Patterson1381.2 years
Cox1372.9 years
Brown1279.9 years
Moore1178.8 years
Doan1175.2 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Merkel, TX
  • 49.6%Utility gas
  • 47.6%Electricity
  • 1.5%Wood
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Merkel, TX
  • 47.8%Electricity
  • 47.3%Utility gas
  • 4.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas


Merkel compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There are 3 pilots and 10 other airmen in this city.
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