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Merced, California - Basic Facts

The City of Merced had a population of 81,478 as of July 1, 2016. Merced ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Merced is located at latitude 37.3057 and longitude -120.4779 in Merced County. The formal boundaries for the City of Merced (see map below) encompass a land area of 23.23 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Merced County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 171 feet.

The City of Merced (GNIS ID: 2411080) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Merced is located within Merced CCD of Merced County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Merced population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Merced, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 81,478
Population in Households 79,238
Population in Familes 66,065
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,240
Population Density1 3,508
Diversity Index2 86


Total Households 25,355
Average Household Size 3.13
Family Households 18,115
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 28,220 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,589 (37.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,766 (52.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,865 (10.2%)
Median Home Value $171,935
Average Home Value $218,681


Median Household Income $38,881
Average Household Income $56,241
Per Capita Income $18,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.5% 0.69%
Households 0.29% 0.6%
Families 0.26% 0.6%
Median Household Income   0.31%
Per Capita Income   1.28%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Merced, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merced to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 105 93rd
Population Density1 # 373 75th
Diversity Index2 # 132 91st
Median Household Income # 1222 19th
Per Capita Income # 1218 20th

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