Merced County, California (CA)

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County population in 2012: 262,305 (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: 135 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Merced County: 90.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (26.4%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (19.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 41%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 37%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Merced County, California:

  • Hispanic or Latino (54.9%)
  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (31.9%)
  • Asian alone (7.1%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.4%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.4%)
Median resident age:  29.0 years
California median age:  35.0 years
Males: 128,737  (41.0%)
Females: 127,056  (59.0%)
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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 2013: $40,687 ($35,532 in 1999)

This county:

$40687
California:

$60190

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $730 (lower quartile is $553, upper quartile is $927)
This county:

$730
State:

$1120


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $147,200 (it was $110,900 in 2000)
Merced:

$147,200
California:

$373,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $97,200 - $217,900

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $218,723
Here:

$218,723
State:

$516,149

Townhouses or other attached units: $158,169
Here:

$158,169
State:

$433,209

In 2-unit structures: $150,735
Here:

$150,735
State:

$591,113

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $381,587
Here:

$381,587
State:

$414,303

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $388,727
Here:

$388,727
State:

$419,085

Mobile homes: $103,777
Here:

$103,777
State:

$79,966

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $31,497
Here:

$31,497
State:

$74,300
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,286
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $346

Institutionalized population: 2,728

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


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

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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

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $1,547 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $1,050 (0.8%)

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 2013: 25.2%
(19.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 34.7% for Black residents, 29.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.3% for American Indian residents, 2.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.2% for other race residents, 27.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 25.2%
Merced County:

25.2%
California:

16.8%
(19.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 35.2% for Black residents, 29.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 29.3% for American Indian residents, 2.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 30.2% for other race residents, 26.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 30 years old
(Males: 29 years old, Females: 31 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 52 years old, Asian residents: 26 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 27 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

2005 air pollution in Merced County:

Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.011 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.098 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.083 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 28 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 68 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 14.1 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 48 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Merced County: Camp McConnell (A), Chowchilla Ranch (B), Colony Farm (C), Agatha Gun Club (D), Bay City Gun Club (E), Big Drake Gun Club (F), Big Water Gun Club (G), Crane Ranch (H), Brito Gun Club (I), Carmel Gun Club (J), Chateau Duck Club (K), Coon Duck Club (L), Cottonwood Gun Club (M), Dos Amigos Pumping Plant (N), Flynn Duck Club (O), Gilroy Gun Club (P), Gustine Gun Club (Q), Hollister Gun Club (R), Ingomar Gun Club (S), Woo Ranch (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Merced County include: Cortez Presbyterian Church (A), Church of Christ (B), Olive East Seventh Day Adventist Church (C), Yosemite Church (D), Ephesus Apostolic Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: North Hilmar Cemetery (1), Stevinson Sunnyside Cemetery (2), South Hilmar Cemetery (3), Calvary Cemetery (4), Los Banos Cemetery (5), San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery (6), Hopeton Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Wolf Lake (A), Flat Pond (B), Well Pond (C), Upper Ruth Lake (D), Mammoth Lake (E), Lake Honda (F), Big Buttonwillow Lake (G), Lower Ruth Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Carrisalito Creek (A), Chileno Creek (B), Cottonwood Creek (C), Devon Drain (D), Edendale Creek (E), Garzas Creek (F), Hidden Creek (G), Deadman Creek (H), Ingalsbe Slough (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Merced County include: Merced National Wildlife Refuge (1), Manuel Bairos Park (2), Bella Vista Park (3), Great Valley Grasslands State Park (4), Dos Amigos Management Area (5), San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area (6), San Luis National Wildlife Refuge (7), Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge (8), Great Valley Grasslands State Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: North Beach (A), South Beach (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Fresno County , Madera County , Mariposa County , San Benito County , Santa Clara County , Stanislaus County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

12.2%
California:

7.3%

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: 63.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 52,184 (32% naturalized citizens)

Merced County:

24.8%
Whole state:

26.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 8,741
  • 1990 to 1994: 10,087
  • 1985 to 1989: 9,673
  • 1980 to 1984: 6,601
  • 1975 to 1979: 6,896
  • 1970 to 1974: 4,076
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,515
  • 1965 to 1969: 3,595

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:


Housing units in Merced County with a mortgage: 24,458 (3,818 second mortgage, 1,672 home equity loan, 61 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 6,773

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

79.0% 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

Tornado activity:

Merced County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below California state average. It is 32548072.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/4/1978, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

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:


The number of natural disasters in Merced County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (70%)
  • Laos (7%)
  • Portugal (6%)
  • Thailand (4%)
  • India (3%)
  • Philippines (2%)
  • El Salvador (1%)

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

  • Portuguese (7%)
  • German (6%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • English (4%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Dutch (1%)

Merced County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 53,453 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 13,535 (18%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 439 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 40 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 5 (0%)
  • Railroad: 5 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 14 (0%)
  • Taxi: 18 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 86 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 605 (1%)
  • Walked: 2,168 (3%)
  • Other means: 612 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 2,366 (3%)

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 2013: 17.0

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 2013: 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

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 21,018 (17,668 aged, 3,350 disabled)
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: 250,897

Size of family households: 16,138 2-persons, 11,751 3-persons, 12,484 4-persons, 8,903 5-persons, 4,900 6-persons, 4,591 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 13,157 1-person, 2,736 2-persons, 499 3-persons, 260 4-persons, 130 5-persons, 54 6-persons, 39 7-or-more-persons.

47,455 married couples with children.
16,416 single-parent households (4,342 men, 12,074 women).

54.8% of residents of Merced County speak English at home.
35.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (48% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 14% don't speak English at all).
4.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (60% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
5.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (41% speak English very well, 31% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (62% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $975,328,000 ($4115 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:

5.6
State:

5.8

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

3.5

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 698
  • 2000 to 2004: 17,667
  • 1990 to 1999: 13,186
  • 1980 to 1989: 13,036
  • 1970 to 1979: 16,007
  • 1960 to 1969: 7,868
  • 1950 to 1959: 8,711
  • 1940 to 1949: 3,553
  • 1939 or earlier: 3,116
Rooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 87
  • 2 rooms: 852
  • 3 rooms: 4,028
  • 4 rooms: 2,993
  • 5 rooms: 10,148
  • 6 rooms: 9,367
  • 7 rooms: 5,770
  • 8 rooms: 2,708
  • 9+ rooms: 1,522
  • 1 room: 1,662
  • 2 rooms: 4,074
  • 3 rooms: 5,098
  • 4 rooms: 5,882
  • 5 rooms: 5,535
  • 6 rooms: 2,518
  • 7 rooms: 1,022
  • 8 rooms: 367
  • 9+ rooms: 182
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Merced County, California
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 1,160
  • 1 bedroom: 2,435
  • 2 bedrooms: 6,583
  • 3 bedrooms: 19,689
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,941
  • 5+ bedrooms: 667
  • no bedroom: 2,962
  • 1 bedroom: 6,567
  • 2 bedrooms: 9,337
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,181
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,195
  • 5+ bedrooms: 98
Cars and other vehicles available in Merced County, California in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 1,662
  • 1 vehicle: 8,945
  • 2 vehicles: 16,592
  • 3 vehicles: 7,221
  • 4 vehicles: 2,243
  • 5+ vehicles: 812
  • no vehicle: 4,997
  • 1 vehicle: 11,407
  • 2 vehicles: 7,665
  • 3 vehicles: 1,740
  • 4 vehicles: 340
  • 5+ vehicles: 191

52% of Merced County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 64% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 87% lived in California.

Merced County:

52.2%
State average:

52.5%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $97,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Merced County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (59.8%)
  • Electricity (26.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.0%)
  • Wood (5.0%)
  • Utility gas (46.4%)
  • Electricity (41.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.4%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • No fuel used (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2,074
Here:

5.9%
California:

9.9%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 469
Here:

2.8%
California:

7.8%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 634
Here:

6.4%
California:

15.4%

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:

Merced County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Merced County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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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