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Merced County, California (CA)

County population in 2019: 277,680 (86% urban, 14% rural); it was 210,554 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 30,870
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 10,326
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 37,475
Renter-occupied apartments: 34,446 (it was 26,340 in 2000)
% of renters here:

41%
State:

44%

Land area: 1929 sq. mi.

Water area: 43.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 144 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Merced County: 90.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.5%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.5%), Manufacturing (11.0%), Retail trade (10.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 6%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Merced County, CA (2019)
    • 169,44261.0%Hispanic or Latino
    • 73,21826.4%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 20,2327.3%Asian alone
    • 8,8333.2%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 4,8531.7%Two or more races
    • 1,0680.4%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 340.01%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

31.7 years
California median age:

37.0 years
Males: 140,344  (50.5%)
Females: 137,336  (49.5%)
Average household size:
Merced County:

3.0 people
California:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $61,167 ($35,532 in 1999)
This county:

$61,167
California:

$80,440

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $893 (lower quartile is $631, upper quartile is $1,214)
This county:

$893
State:

$1486


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $282,900 (it was $110,900 in 2000)
Merced:

$282,900
California:

$568,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $215,200 - $393,800

Mean price in 2019:

Detached houses: $358,735
Here:

$358,735
State:

$765,845

Townhouses or other attached units: $364,731
Here:

$364,731
State:

$677,010

In 2-unit structures: $388,310
Here:

$388,310
State:

$1,050,336

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $252,634
Here:

$252,634
State:

$661,682

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $759,620
Here:

$759,620
State:

$672,204

Mobile homes: $202,208
Here:

$202,208
State:

$158,037

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $34,322
Here:

$34,322
State:

$99,065

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,527
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $482

Institutionalized population: 2,728

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 7
  • Rapes: 28
  • Robberies: 39
  • Assaults: 397
  • Burglaries: 917
  • Thefts: 1026
  • Auto thefts: 14

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 32
  • Robberies: 37
  • Assaults: 405
  • Burglaries: 918
  • Thefts: 1082
  • Auto thefts: 21
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 897 buildings, average cost: $111,700
  • 1998: 979 buildings, average cost: $113,800
  • 1999: 1001 buildings, average cost: $122,500
  • 2000: 1344 buildings, average cost: $134,600
  • 2001: 1090 buildings, average cost: $139,400
  • 2002: 1674 buildings, average cost: $144,000
  • 2003: 2465 buildings, average cost: $142,200
  • 2004: 2544 buildings, average cost: $166,800
  • 2005: 3479 buildings, average cost: $176,300
  • 2006: 2136 buildings, average cost: $178,100
  • 2007: 780 buildings, average cost: $175,500
  • 2008: 244 buildings, average cost: $227,000
  • 2009: 94 buildings, average cost: $217,900
  • 2010: 104 buildings, average cost: $219,000
  • 2011: 87 buildings, average cost: $268,800
  • 2012: 71 buildings, average cost: $263,500
  • 2013: 99 buildings, average cost: $303,100
  • 2014: 163 buildings, average cost: $257,900
  • 2015: 228 buildings, average cost: $219,800
  • 2016: 611 buildings, average cost: $180,000
  • 2017: 546 buildings, average cost: $241,300
  • 2018: 630 buildings, average cost: $227,700
  • 2019: 948 buildings, average cost: $290,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Merced, CA residents
Average permit cost in Merced, CA
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $2,342 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $1,393 (0.5%)

Distribution of median household income in Merced, CA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Merced, CA in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Merced, CA in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 16.8%
Merced County:

16.8%
California:

11.8%
(11.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.5% for Black residents, 19.7% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.8% for American Indian residents, 3.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 22.6% for other race residents, 17.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 31.7 years old
(Males: 31.1 years old, Females: 32.5 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.8 years old, Black residents: 37.2 years old, American Indian residents: 27.6 years old, Asian residents: 32.8 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27.1 years old, Other race residents: 25.9 years old)

Area name: Merced, CA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Merced County is $523 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $635 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $906 a month.

Cities in this county include: Merced, Los Banos, Atwater, Livingston, Winton, Delhi, Hilmar-Irwin, Gustine, Dos Palos, Planada.

Merced County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Zip codeCityNumber of testsNumber of tests >= 4 pCi/L
93635Los Banos170
93661Santa Rita Park10
95301Atwater100
95315Delhi20
95317El Nido10
95322Gustine20
95324Hilmar20
95333Le Grand10
95340Merced359
95344Merced11
95348Merced61

2018 air pollution in Merced County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 15.2 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Significanly above U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Amelia County, Virginia , Boyle County, Kentucky , Huerfano County, Colorado , Mingo County, West Virginia , Sedgwick County, Kansas , Lynchburg city, Virginia .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

9.0%
California:

7.9%

Unemployment by year in Merced, CA
County total employment by year in Merced, CA
County average yearly wages by year in Merced, CA

Current college students: 11,077
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.4%

Number of foreign born residents: 79,527 (40.2% naturalized citizens)

Merced County:

28.6%
Whole state:

26.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 9,4702010 or later
  • 17,0762000 to 2009
  • 16,4111990 to 1999
  • 16,2741980 to 1989
  • 10,9721970 to 1979
  • 6,110Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.0%

Merced County marital status for males Merced County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 66,690
  • One, attached: 1,216
  • Two: 2,254
  • 3 or 4: 3,688
  • 5 to 9: 3,173
  • 10 to 19: 1,419
  • 20 to 49: 879
  • 50 or more: 1,254
  • Mobile homes: 5,640
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 173

Housing units in Merced County with a mortgage: 27,135 (428 second mortgage, 766 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 14,932

Here:

65.9% with mortgage
State:

69.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Merced County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic102,00518
Evangelical Protestant26,640124
Other5,88423
Mainline Protestant3,67318
Black Protestant1,0878
Orthodox641
None116,440-
Merced County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 58
Merced County:

2.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 26
This county:

1.06 / 10,000 pop.
California:

0.62 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 53
Merced County:

2.17 / 10,000 pop.
California:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 100
This county:

4.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.42 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Merced County:

6.9%
California:

7.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Merced County:

29.5%
State:

21.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

17.8%
State:

17.9%

Agriculture in Merced County:

Average size of farms: 339 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $475,457
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1247.14
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.10%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 57.60%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $419,663
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 47.62%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 96.28%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $114,594
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 79.18%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 46.23
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 48.01%
Corn for grain: 9142 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 14198 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 56008 harvested acres
Vegetables: 46,499 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 145,106 acres

Earthquake activity:

Merced County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above California state average. It is 8282% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/1906 at 13:12:21, a magnitude 7.9 (7.9 UK, Class: Major, Intensity: VIII - XII) earthquake occurred 137.7 miles away from Merced County center, causing $524,000,000 total damage
On 7/21/1952 at 11:52:14, a magnitude 7.7 (7.7 UK) earthquake occurred 181.3 miles away from the county center, causing $50,000,000 total damage
On 10/18/1989 at 00:04:15, a magnitude 7.1 (6.5 MB, 7.1 MS, 6.9 MW, 7.0 ML) earthquake occurred 61.1 miles away from the county center, causing 62 deaths (62 shaking deaths) and 3757 injuries, causing $1,305,032,704 total damage
On 11/4/1927 at 13:51:53, a magnitude 7.5 (7.5 UK) earthquake occurred 162.4 miles away from the county center
On 12/21/1932 at 06:10:09, a magnitude 7.2 (7.2 UK) earthquake occurred 166.2 miles away from Merced County center
On 10/3/1915 at 06:52:48, a magnitude 7.6 (7.6 UK) earthquake occurred 282.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • California Covid-19 Pandemic, Incident Period: January 20, 2020, FEMA Id: 4482, Natural disaster type: Other
  • California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Mudslides, Incident Period: February 1, 2017 - February 23, 2017, FEMA Id: 4308, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, And Mudslides, Incident Period: January 3, 2017 - January 12, 2017, FEMA Id: 4301, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Mudslide, Flood
  • California Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: March 29, 2006 to April 16, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1646: June 05, 2006, FEMA Id: 1646, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • California Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3248: September 13, 2005, FEMA Id: 3248, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • California Severe Freeze, Incident Period: December 20, 1998 to December 28, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1267: February 09, 1999, FEMA Id: 1267, Natural disaster type: Freeze
  • California Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: February 02, 1998 to April 30, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1203: February 09, 1998, FEMA Id: 1203, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • California Severe Storms/Flooding, Incident Period: December 28, 1996 to April 01, 1997, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1155: January 04, 1997, FEMA Id: 1155, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • California Severe Winter Storms, Flooding, Landslides, Mud Flows, Incident Period: February 13, 1995 to April 19, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1046: March 12, 1995, FEMA Id: 1046, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Landslide, Flood
  • California Severe Freeze, Incident Period: December 19, 1990 to January 03, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-894: February 11, 1991, FEMA Id: 894, Natural disaster type: Freeze
  • 3 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Merced County (13) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Mudslides: 3, Freezes: 2, Landslides: 2, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Merced

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 66,119 (77.8%)
  • Carpooled: 5,545 (6.5%)
  • Bus: 923 (1.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 3,800 (4.5%)
  • Bicycle: 516 (0.6%)
  • Walked: 3,423 (4.0%)
  • Worked at home: 4,636 (5.5%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (19%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (70%)
  • India (5%)
  • Portugal (4%)
  • Laos (3%)
  • Thailand (2%)
  • Philippines (2%)
  • Azores Islands (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Merced County


  • Portuguese (4%)
  • American (2%)
  • German (1%)
  • Irish (1%)
  • English (1%)
  • European (1%)
  • Italian (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Merced County, California in 2000:

  • 819 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 603 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 539 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 446 people in nursing homes
  • 111 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 92 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 87 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 59 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 45 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 31 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 6 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the intellectually disabled
  • 6 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 4 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 4 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in other group homes

People in group quarters in Merced County, California in 2010:

  • 1,286 people in federal prisons
  • 1,116 people in college/university student housing
  • 661 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 512 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 404 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 334 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 123 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 106 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 100 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 96 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 91 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 67 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $51,644.

5.04% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,214 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
California average:

5.03%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.20% relocated from other counties in California ($33,556 average AGI)
0.84% relocated from other states ($5,659 average AGI)
Merced County:

0.84%
California average:

1.72%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Stanislaus County, CA  1.01% ($41,876 average AGI)
from Santa Clara County, CA  0.88% ($45,540)
from Fresno County, CA  0.25% ($36,529)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.19% ($30,523)
from Madera County, CA  0.17% ($30,669)
from San Joaquin County, CA  0.16% ($37,764)
from Alameda County, CA  0.14% ($46,906)


5.12% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($44,493 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.12%
California average:

5.21%


0.03% of residents moved to foreign countries ($235 average AGI)
Merced County:

0.03%
California average:

0.09%

3.86% relocated to other counties in California ($34,135 average AGI)
1.23% relocated to other states ($10,123 average AGI)
Merced County:

1.23%
California average:

1.90%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Stanislaus County, CA  1.08% ($44,849 average AGI)
to Santa Clara County, CA  0.38% ($45,547)
to Fresno County, CA  0.37% ($39,620)
to Madera County, CA  0.24% ($47,508)
to Sacramento County, CA  0.19% ($33,987)
to San Joaquin County, CA  0.18% ($48,660)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.15% ($58,058)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 20.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.5
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 16.0

Births per 1000 population in Merced County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 6.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Merced County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2018: 1.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Merced County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 9.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.1%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Merced County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 25,441 (20,560 aged, 4,881 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 8,438 (11%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Merced County, California in 1999 - 2019:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (2,500)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (2,176)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,647)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,112)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,033)
  • Alzheimer disease, unspecified (867)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (613)
  • Unspecified dementia (613)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (532)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (527)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 24%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 70.3. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 50.8
  • Other - 19.5

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 74.1. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 40.8
  • Suffocation - 16.3
  • Other - 16.9

Household type by relationship:

Households: 277,680
  • Male householders: 36,516 (6,373 living alone), Female householders: 44,129 (6,879 living alone)
  • 40,368 spouses (40,167 opposite-sex spouses), 7,986 unmarried partners, (7,748 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 102,112 children (96,609 natural, 1,618 adopted, 3,885 stepchildren), 10,581 grandchildren, 4,704 brothers or sisters, 5,944 parents, 869 foster children, 10,156 other relatives, 7,940 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 6,375

Size of family households: 19,458 2-persons, 14,725 3-persons, 12,785 4-persons, 9,441 5-persons, 3,692 6-persons, 3,561 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 13,252 1-person, 2,799 2-persons, 741 3-persons, 125 6-persons, 66 7-or-more-persons.

44,246 married couples with children.
23,438 single-parent households (6,452 men, 16,986 women).

46.4% of residents of Merced speak English at home.
44.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (59% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
4.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (67% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 10% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
4.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (62% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (44% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 31% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $975,328,000 ($4,115 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $56,869,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $399,425,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $198,446,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $26,494,000
Federal grants: $290,902,000
Federal procurement contracts: $16,063,000 ($4,890,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $43,998,000 ($312,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $8,528,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $89,317,000
Federal Government insurance: $953,684,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 21,415
Here:

89 per 1000 residents
State:

77 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 7,728
Here:

32 per 1000 residents
State:

34 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +7,236
Here:

+30 per 1000 residents
State:

+39 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +10,472
Here +43 per 1000 residents
State -18 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Merced County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 47.58 millions of gallons per day (99% from ground, 1% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.1
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.9
State:

3.9

Year house built in Merced County, California
  • Year house built in Merced County, California
  • 2,4442014 or later
  • 1,1232010 to 2013
  • 15,8832000 to 2009
  • 12,7441990 to 1999
  • 11,5351980 to 1989
  • 15,7961970 to 1979
  • 7,9681960 to 1969
  • 8,8371950 to 1959
  • 5,2681940 to 1949
  • 4,7881939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Merced County, California
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Merced County, California
  • 981 room
  • 502 rooms
  • 1,0373 rooms
  • 2,9314 rooms
  • 11,0835 rooms
  • 10,5346 rooms
  • 7,5967 rooms
  • 5,1318 rooms
  • 3,6079+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Merced County, California
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Merced County, California
  • 1,9601 room
  • 5592 rooms
  • 2,0803 rooms
  • 10,2334 rooms
  • 10,1545 rooms
  • 6,7926 rooms
  • 3,0957 rooms
  • 2,0538 rooms
  • 1,6529+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Merced County, California
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Merced County, California
  • 98no bedroom
  • 3601 bedroom
  • 4,4862 bedrooms
  • 22,7543 bedrooms
  • 11,8744 bedrooms
  • 2,4955+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Merced County, California
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Merced County, California
  • 2,101no bedroom
  • 3,2241 bedroom
  • 11,2842 bedrooms
  • 15,4083 bedrooms
  • 5,3244 bedrooms
  • 1,2375+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 1,128no vehicle
  • 7,9131 vehicle
  • 16,1032 vehicles
  • 10,1423 vehicles
  • 4,7484 vehicles
  • 2,0335+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 3,246no vehicle
  • 12,7721 vehicle
  • 13,3732 vehicles
  • 6,0073 vehicles
  • 2,0824 vehicles
  • 1,0985+ vehicles

86.6% of Merced County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 37% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 84% lived in California.

Merced County:

86.6%
State average:

87.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 167,954
  • Other state: 27,515
  • Northeast: 3,813
  • Midwest: 5,895
  • South: 10,039
  • West: 7,768
Year householders moved into unit in Merced County, CA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Merced County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 52.6%Utility gas
  • 35.8%Electricity
  • 5.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.6%Wood
  • 2.1%Solar energy
  • 1.3%Other fuel
  • 0.5%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 48.5%Utility gas
  • 47.3%Electricity
  • 1.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.4%Other fuel
  • 0.5%No fuel used
  • 0.4%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 951
Here:

2.6%
California:

8.3%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 953
Here:

5.3%
California:

8.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 975
Here:

5.0%
California:

14.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Merced County government finances - Expenditure in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $71,179,000
  • Charges - Other: $31,947,000
    Air Transportation: $2,981,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,668,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,454,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $593,000
    Parks and Recreation: $389,000
    Regular Highways: $362,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,098,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $90,519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $76,526,000
    Health - Other: $60,774,000
    Correctional Institutions: $26,868,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $25,347,000
    Police Protection: $24,997,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,337,000
    General - Other: $15,337,000
    Corrections - Other: $14,989,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,941,000
    Regular Highways: $8,141,000
    Financial Administration: $7,768,000
    Air Transportation: $3,037,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,026,000
    Libraries: $2,430,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,861,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,588,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $20,613,000
    Education: $13,852,000
    Air Transportation: $236,000
    General Local Government Support: $156,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,709,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $23,530,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $219,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $14,539,000
    Other: $151,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,655,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,984,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,910,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,239,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $7,844,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,348,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,465,000
    Rents: $1,398,000
    Special Assessments: $697,000
    Sale of Property: $71,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $24,723,000
    General - Other: $5,533,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,181,000
    Air Transportation: $1,347,000
    Financial Administration: $1,272,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $927,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $756,000
    Local Fire Protection: $687,000
    Central Staff Services: $460,000
    Health - Other: $369,000
    Police Protection: $231,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $216,000
    Corrections - Other: $155,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $43,000
    Libraries: $15,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $69,925,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $173,508,000
    Education: $83,309,000
    Health and Hospitals: $57,585,000
    Other: $41,859,000
    Highways: $10,423,000
    General Local Government Support: $516,000
  • Tax - Property: $100,688,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,570,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,674,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,172,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,422,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,141,000
    Other License: $524,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,703,000

Merced County government finances - Revenue in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $71,179,000
  • Charges - Other: $31,947,000
    Air Transportation: $2,981,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,668,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,454,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $593,000
    Parks and Recreation: $389,000
    Regular Highways: $362,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,098,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $90,519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $76,526,000
    Health - Other: $60,774,000
    Correctional Institutions: $26,868,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $25,347,000
    Police Protection: $24,997,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,337,000
    General - Other: $15,337,000
    Corrections - Other: $14,989,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,941,000
    Regular Highways: $8,141,000
    Financial Administration: $7,768,000
    Air Transportation: $3,037,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,026,000
    Libraries: $2,430,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,861,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,588,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $20,613,000
    Education: $13,852,000
    Air Transportation: $236,000
    General Local Government Support: $156,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,709,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $23,530,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $219,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $14,539,000
    Other: $151,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,655,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,984,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,910,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,239,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $7,844,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,348,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,465,000
    Rents: $1,398,000
    Special Assessments: $697,000
    Sale of Property: $71,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $24,723,000
    General - Other: $5,533,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,181,000
    Air Transportation: $1,347,000
    Financial Administration: $1,272,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $927,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $756,000
    Local Fire Protection: $687,000
    Central Staff Services: $460,000
    Health - Other: $369,000
    Police Protection: $231,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $216,000
    Corrections - Other: $155,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $43,000
    Libraries: $15,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $69,925,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $173,508,000
    Education: $83,309,000
    Health and Hospitals: $57,585,000
    Other: $41,859,000
    Highways: $10,423,000
    General Local Government Support: $516,000
  • Tax - Property: $100,688,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,570,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,674,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,172,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,422,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,141,000
    Other License: $524,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,703,000

Merced County government finances - Debt in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $71,179,000
  • Charges - Other: $31,947,000
    Air Transportation: $2,981,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,668,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,454,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $593,000
    Parks and Recreation: $389,000
    Regular Highways: $362,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,098,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $90,519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $76,526,000
    Health - Other: $60,774,000
    Correctional Institutions: $26,868,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $25,347,000
    Police Protection: $24,997,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,337,000
    General - Other: $15,337,000
    Corrections - Other: $14,989,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,941,000
    Regular Highways: $8,141,000
    Financial Administration: $7,768,000
    Air Transportation: $3,037,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,026,000
    Libraries: $2,430,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,861,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,588,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $20,613,000
    Education: $13,852,000
    Air Transportation: $236,000
    General Local Government Support: $156,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,709,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $23,530,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $219,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $14,539,000
    Other: $151,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,655,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,984,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,910,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,239,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $7,844,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,348,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,465,000
    Rents: $1,398,000
    Special Assessments: $697,000
    Sale of Property: $71,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $24,723,000
    General - Other: $5,533,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,181,000
    Air Transportation: $1,347,000
    Financial Administration: $1,272,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $927,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $756,000
    Local Fire Protection: $687,000
    Central Staff Services: $460,000
    Health - Other: $369,000
    Police Protection: $231,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $216,000
    Corrections - Other: $155,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $43,000
    Libraries: $15,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $69,925,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $173,508,000
    Education: $83,309,000
    Health and Hospitals: $57,585,000
    Other: $41,859,000
    Highways: $10,423,000
    General Local Government Support: $516,000
  • Tax - Property: $100,688,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,570,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,674,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,172,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,422,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,141,000
    Other License: $524,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,703,000

Merced County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2018:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $71,179,000
  • Charges - Other: $31,947,000
    Air Transportation: $2,981,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,668,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,454,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $593,000
    Parks and Recreation: $389,000
    Regular Highways: $362,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,098,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $90,519,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $76,526,000
    Health - Other: $60,774,000
    Correctional Institutions: $26,868,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $25,347,000
    Police Protection: $24,997,000
    Local Fire Protection: $16,337,000
    General - Other: $15,337,000
    Corrections - Other: $14,989,000
    Central Staff Services: $9,941,000
    Regular Highways: $8,141,000
    Financial Administration: $7,768,000
    Air Transportation: $3,037,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $3,026,000
    Libraries: $2,430,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,861,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $1,588,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $20,613,000
    Education: $13,852,000
    Air Transportation: $236,000
    General Local Government Support: $156,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,709,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $23,530,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Judicial and Legal Services: $219,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $14,539,000
    Other: $151,000
  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,655,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,984,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,910,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,239,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $7,844,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $4,348,000
    Interest Earnings: $2,465,000
    Rents: $1,398,000
    Special Assessments: $697,000
    Sale of Property: $71,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $24,723,000
    General - Other: $5,533,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,181,000
    Air Transportation: $1,347,000
    Financial Administration: $1,272,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $927,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $756,000
    Local Fire Protection: $687,000
    Central Staff Services: $460,000
    Health - Other: $369,000
    Police Protection: $231,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $216,000
    Corrections - Other: $155,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $43,000
    Libraries: $15,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $69,925,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $173,508,000
    Education: $83,309,000
    Health and Hospitals: $57,585,000
    Other: $41,859,000
    Highways: $10,423,000
    General Local Government Support: $516,000
  • Tax - Property: $100,688,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $15,570,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $2,674,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $2,172,000
    Other Selective Sales: $1,422,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $1,141,000
    Other License: $524,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $42,703,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 10,677
  • Number of aged recipients: 2,246
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 8,431
  • Number of recipients under 18: 1,270
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 5,715
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 3,692
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 4,760
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 6,076
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 47 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,220$130,0751,254$114,1021,125$180,13577$72,2606$1,186,333613$93,92311$158,455
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED161$134,509159$123,428192$179,43811$42,7271$260,00091$107,6814$106,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED406$138,091344$117,0781,064$183,736108$61,4352$223,500284$97,31736$133,833
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN295$133,336198$111,308453$198,06843$80,6511$88,000137$102,9788$206,250
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS65$135,84658$116,034156$180,6156$119,3330$030$100,9331$386,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 39 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED156$151,60312$187,3336$175,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED69$159,29013$317,4625$145,600
APPLICATIONS DENIED31$138,0653$88,0002$104,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN8$125,5004$268,2500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$201,4551$297,0002$211,000
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Merced, CA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Merced, CA - Value
Most common first names in Merced County, CA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John79874.6 years
Mary77979.6 years
William58674.4 years
James50171.8 years
Robert49470.4 years
Frank40475.3 years
George35275.7 years
Maria33676.5 years
Joe32675.5 years
Charles30773.4 years
Most common last names in Merced County, CA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith24375.7 years
Jones18772.3 years
Johnson18475.0 years
Garcia18471.0 years
Williams17875.2 years
Brown17475.3 years
Silva14777.6 years
Martinez13871.2 years
Miller11973.3 years
Davis11771.5 years
Businesses in Merced County, CA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven4Kmart2
99 Cents Only Stores1Kroger1
AT&T3La-Z-Boy1
Ace Hardware2Little Caesars Pizza5
AutoZone3Long John Silver's1
Baskin-Robbins2Lowe's1
Best Western3Marriott1
Big O Tires2Marshalls1
Blockbuster1Mazda1
Budget Car Rental1McDonald's12
Burger King4Motel 63
CVS2New Balance1
Carl\s Jr.6Nike5
Chevrolet1Nissan1
Circle K6Panda Express3
Cold Stone Creamery1Payless2
Comfort Inn1Penske2
Costco1Pizza Hut2
Cricket Wireless11Popeyes1
Curves1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
DHL3Quality1
Dairy Queen1Quiznos4
Days Inn2RadioShack2
Dennys4Ramada1
Domino's Pizza3Rite Aid5
DressBarn1Rue212
Dressbarn1SAS Shoes1
Famous Footwear2SONIC Drive-In2
Fashion Bug2Sears1
FedEx19Sprint Nextel2
Ford2Starbucks10
GNC4T-Mobile5
GameStop2Taco Bell6
H&R Block6Target2
Hilton1Toyota1
Holiday Inn2Travelodge1
Home Depot2True Value2
Honda1U-Haul10
Hot Topic1UPS16
JCPenney1Vans2
Jack In The Box3Volkswagen1
Jamba Juice2Walgreens4
Jones New York4Walmart1
KFC3Wendy's2

Merced County on our top lists:

  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #82 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"