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County population in 2016: 268,672 (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: 139 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Merced County: 90.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (27.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (18.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (10.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 38%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Merced County, California:

  • Hispanic or Latino (58.9%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (28.2%)
  • Asian alone (7.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  30.9 years
California median age:  36.4 years
Males: 135,524  (50.4%)
Females: 133,148  (49.6%)
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Merced County,CA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Merced County:

3.0 people
California:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2016: $47,739 ($35,532 in 1999)

This county:

$47,739
California:

$67,739

Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: $761 (lower quartile is $599, upper quartile is $969)
This county:

$761
State:

$1252


Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $231,300 (it was $110,900 in 2000)
Merced:

$231,300
California:

$477,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $147,500 - $337,800

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $278,828
Here:

$278,828
State:

$662,746

Townhouses or other attached units: $228,641
Here:

$228,641
State:

$572,965

In 2-unit structures: $380,039
Here:

$380,039
State:

$907,600

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $401,155
Here:

$401,155
State:

$578,996

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $389,842
Here:

$389,842
State:

$548,947

Mobile homes: $149,084
Here:

$149,084
State:

$109,501

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $27,892
Here:

$27,892
State:

$63,398
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,424
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $452

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:

  • 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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $1,804 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,392 (0.6%)

Merced County household income distribution in 2009 Merced County home values distribution Merced County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 20.3%
Merced County:

20.3%
California:

14.3%
(14.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.8% for Black residents, 23.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 34.4% for American Indian residents, 24.9% for other race residents, 25.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2016: 30.9 years old
(Males: 29.9 years old, Females: 31.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44.9 years old, Black residents: 34.2 years old, American Indian residents: 34.5 years old, Asian residents: 29.6 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26.1 years old, Other race residents: 29.0 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

2012 air pollution in Merced County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.032 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 10.9 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near 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 September 2015:
Here:

8.2%
California:

5.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 11,077
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 67.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 71,014 (40.3% naturalized citizens)

Merced County:

26.4%
Whole state:

27.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 2010 or later: 5,182
  • 2000 to 2009: 16,917
  • 1990 to 1999: 16,967
  • 1980 to 1989: 16,274
  • 1970 to 1979: 10,972
  • Before 1970: 6,110
Note: State values scaled to Merced County population

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: 63,766
  • One, attached: 1,819
  • Two: 2,180
  • 3 or 4: 3,562
  • 5 to 9: 3,943
  • 10 to 19: 992
  • 20 to 49: 822
  • 50 or more: 912
  • Mobile homes: 6,368
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 68

Housing units in Merced County with a mortgage: 26,773 (669 second mortgage, 1,150 home equity loan, 135 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 13,788

Here:

66.7% with mortgage
State:

71.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Merced County

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 slightly above California state average. It is 816% 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 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
  • California COASTAL STORMS, FLOODS, SLIDES, TORNADOES, Incident Period: January 21, 1983 to March 30, 1983, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-677: February 09, 1983, FEMA Id: 677, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • California Drought, Incident Period: January 20, 1977, Emergency Declared EM-3023: January 20, 1977, FEMA Id: 3023, Natural disaster type: Drought
  • California SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: January 26, 1969, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-253: January 26, 1969, FEMA Id: 253, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Merced County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (16%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (71%)
  • Portugal (5%)
  • India (5%)
  • Laos (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Azores Islands (3%)
  • Thailand (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Merced County (%):

  • Portuguese (5%)
  • American (2%)
  • German (2%)
  • English (1%)
  • Italian (1%)
  • Irish (1%)
  • European (1%)

Merced County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 68,686 (80.3%)
  • Carpooled: 6,351 (7.4%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1,765 (2.1%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 2,722 (3.2%)
  • Bicycle: 197 (0.2%)
  • Walked: 2,823 (3.3%)
  • Worked at home: 2,950 (3.5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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 mentally retarded
  • 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 $41,570.

5.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,628 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.32%
California average:

5.03%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($163 average AGI)
Merced County:

0.03%
California average:

0.07%

4.35% relocated from other counties in California ($26,587 average AGI)
0.93% relocated from other states ($4,877 average AGI)
Merced County:

0.93%
California average:

1.68%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Stanislaus County, CA  1.22% ($33,402 average AGI)
from Santa Clara County, CA  0.68% ($36,424)
from Fresno County, CA  0.30% ($28,664)
from Madera County, CA  0.22% ($36,141)
from San Joaquin County, CA  0.19% ($30,220)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.18% ($25,691)
from Sacramento County, CA  0.15% ($27,904)


5.40% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,990 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.40%
California average:

5.12%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($147 average AGI)
Merced County:

0.04%
California average:

0.10%

4.22% relocated to other counties in California ($27,486 average AGI)
1.14% relocated to other states ($6,357 average AGI)
Merced County:

1.14%
California average:

1.74%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Stanislaus County, CA  1.32% ($33,252 average AGI)
to Santa Clara County, CA  0.53% ($38,759)
to Fresno County, CA  0.33% ($32,746)
to San Joaquin County, CA  0.21% ($39,484)
to Sacramento County, CA  0.21% ($28,452)
to Madera County, CA  0.20% ($40,347)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.18% ($30,038)

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 2014: 16.8

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 2014: 5.9

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 in Merced County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.0%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 7.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Merced County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population 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 hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Merced County, California in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,928)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,775)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,266)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (846)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (830)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (569)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (456)
  • Unspecified dementia (391)
  • Other ill-defined and unspecified causes of mortality (388)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (387)

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: 268,672
  • In family households: 238,066 (27,867 male householders, 32,179 female householders)
    39,813 spouses, 100,686 children (96,059 natural, 1,361 adopted, 3,266 stepchildren), 7,680 grandchildren, 3,970 brothers or sisters, 9,518 parents, 8,730 other relatives, 7,623 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 24,651 (8,628 male householders (7,274 living alone)), 9,039 female householders (6,491 living alone)), 6,984 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 5,955

Size of family households: 18,314 2-persons, 13,782 3-persons, 10,761 4-persons, 10,400 5-persons, 3,628 6-persons, 3,161 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 13,765 1-person, 2,925 2-persons, 426 3-persons, 437 4-persons, 114 5-persons.

44,209 married couples with children.
26,801 single-parent households (7,078 men, 19,723 women).

48.2% of residents of Merced speak English at home.
43.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (54% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 13% speak English not well, 13% don't speak English at all).
3.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 7% speak English not well, 15% don't speak English at all).
4.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (58% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (70% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 17% 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:

4.8
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 558
  • 2010 to 2013: 951
  • 2000 to 2009: 20,367
  • 1990 to 1999: 12,089
  • 1980 to 1989: 11,322
  • 1970 to 1979: 12,395
  • 1960 to 1969: 9,999
  • 1950 to 1959: 6,565
  • 1940 to 1949: 4,391
  • 1939 or earlier: 5,795
Note: State values scaled to Merced population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merced County population
  • 1 room: 312
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 947
  • 4 rooms: 2,468
  • 5 rooms: 10,520
  • 6 rooms: 10,757
  • 7 rooms: 6,979
  • 8 rooms: 4,303
  • 9+ rooms: 4,250
  • 1 room: 911
  • 2 rooms: 1,223
  • 3 rooms: 3,323
  • 4 rooms: 10,261
  • 5 rooms: 8,787
  • 6 rooms: 6,473
  • 7 rooms: 3,052
  • 8 rooms: 1,695
  • 9+ rooms: 1,427
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merced County population
  • no bedroom: 312
  • 1 bedroom: 281
  • 2 bedrooms: 4,971
  • 3 bedrooms: 21,078
  • 4 bedrooms: 12,252
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,667
  • no bedroom: 983
  • 1 bedroom: 3,651
  • 2 bedrooms: 12,069
  • 3 bedrooms: 14,095
  • 4 bedrooms: 5,469
  • 5+ bedrooms: 885
Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Merced County population
  • no vehicle: 958
  • 1 vehicle: 9,066
  • 2 vehicles: 17,047
  • 3 vehicles: 8,519
  • 4 vehicles: 3,269
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,702
  • no vehicle: 4,882
  • 1 vehicle: 12,906
  • 2 vehicles: 11,950
  • 3 vehicles: 5,290
  • 4 vehicles: 1,339
  • 5+ vehicles: 785

85% of Merced County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 41% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 84% lived in California.

Merced County:

85.0%
State average:

86.6%

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

  • This state: 168,803
  • Other state: 27,178
  • Northeast: 3,979
  • Midwest: 6,924
  • South: 9,065
  • West: 7,210

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Merced County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (51.2%)
  • Electricity (38.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.9%)
  • Wood (2.6%)
  • Other fuel (2.5%)
  • Solar energy (1.0%)
  • No fuel used (0.4%)
  • Electricity (54.5%)
  • Utility gas (37.4%)
  • Other fuel (4.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.5%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 1,830
Here:

5.4%
California:

7.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 987
Here:

5.0%
California:

7.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,364
Here:

6.3%
California:

15.5%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Merced County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Federal Categorical Assistance Programs: $65,994,000
    Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $489,000
  • Construction - Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,821,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $255,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $79,731,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $59,309,000
    Health - Other: $36,033,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $23,118,000
    Correctional Institutions: $21,941,000
    General - Other: $18,288,000
    Police Protection: $14,349,000
    Regular Highways: $13,809,000
    Local Fire Protection: $10,313,000
    Financial Administration: $8,846,000
    Solid Waste Management: $7,989,000
    Transit Utilities: $7,629,000
    Central Staff Services: $7,446,000
    Corrections - Other: $5,797,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $2,693,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,004,000
    Air Transportation: $1,764,000
    Libraries: $1,761,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,724,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,440,000
    Public Welfare, Vendor Payments for Medical Care: $0
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $188,036,000
    Securities - Mortgages: $31,212,000
    Corporate Bonds: $30,249,000
    Benefit Payments: $27,114,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $20,451,000
    Other Investments - Other: $3,163,000
    Withdrawals: $602,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,016,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,326,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - General - Other: $785,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Judicial and Legal Services: $7,413,000
    General - Other: $5,767,000
    Air Transportation: $2,536,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,800,000
    Corrections - Other: $987,000
    Regular Highways: $801,000
    Parks and Recreation: $697,000
    Solid Waste Management: $330,000
    Financial Administration: $294,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $279,000
    Transit Utilities: $279,000
    Correctional Institutions: $235,000
    Police Protection: $179,000
    Health - Other: $150,000
    Central Staff Services: $86,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $79,000
    Libraries: $17,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $9,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $131,849,000
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $85,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,000

Merced County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $21,264,000
    Solid Waste Management: $10,484,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $3,190,000
    Regular Highways: $3,130,000
    Air Transportation: $1,732,000
    Parks and Recreation: $325,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $4,000
    Hospital Public: $0
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $34,656,000
    From Parent Local Government: $14,750,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $8,222,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $9,139,000
    Transit Utilities: $8,487,000
    Education: $7,212,000
    Air Transportation: $2,038,000
    Housing and Community Development: $353,000
    General Local Government Support: $110,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $3,712,000
    Transit Utilities: $3,221,000
    All Other: $878,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $9,536,000
    Interest Earnings: $7,926,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $6,797,000
    Special Assessments: $1,422,000
    Rents: $1,267,000
    Sale of Property: $25,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $923,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $119,287,000
    Education: $61,576,000
    All Other: $36,869,000
    Health and Hospitals: $23,424,000
    General Local Government Support: $13,076,000
    Highways: $10,848,000
    Transit Utilities: $684,000
  • Tax - Property: $53,672,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $5,240,000
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $2,654,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $2,452,000
    Other License: $1,765,000
    Public Utilities Sales: $1,741,000
    Other Selective Sales: $367,000

Merced County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $143,608,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $140,228,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $41,688,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,307,000

Merced County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $34,100,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $94,511,000
    Total Federal Securities: $58,210,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $150,017,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,990,000

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
Merced County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Merced County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - 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

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