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Merced, California - Basic Facts

The City of Merced had a population of 82,981 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.


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Merced, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)

POPULATION

Total Population 82,981
Daytime Population: Workers 38,701
Daytime Population: Residents 52,559
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 91,260
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 80,724
Population in Familes 67,275
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,257
Population Density2 3,573
Diversity Index3 86
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $39,597
Average Household Income $58,931
Per Capita Income $19,270

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 28,355 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,838 (38.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,048 (53.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,469 ( 8.7%)
Median Home Value $183,278
Average Home Value $234,800
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 25,886
Average Household Size 3.12
Family Households 18,489
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.69% 0.72%
Households 0.54% 0.68%
Families 0.51% 0.68%
Median Household Income   0.57%
Per Capita Income   2.22%

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, 2017 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 # 102 93rd
Population Density # 369 76th
Diversity Index # 133 92nd
Median Household Income # 1223 19th
Per Capita Income # 1214 20th

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