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Merced, California - Basic Facts

The City of Merced had a population of 84,216 as of July 1, 2019. 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 37.3022 and longitude -120.483 in Merced County. The formal boundaries for the City of Merced 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.


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Merced, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Merced, CA Housing Affordability Index is 86
State of California Housing Affordability Index is 67
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Merced, CA Wealth Index is 57
State of California Wealth Index is 123
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 84,216
Population in Households 81,988
Population in Familes 68,403
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,228
Population Density 3,626
Diversity Index1 86
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $43,422
Average Household Income $63,144
Per Capita Income $19,550
Wealth Index3 57

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 28,734 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 10,209 (35.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 16,119 (56.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,405 ( 8.4%)
Median Home Value $252,526
Housing Affordability Index2 86
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 26,329
Average Household Size 3.11
Family Households 18,795
Average Family Size 4
NOTES
  1. 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.
  2. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  3. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.7% 0.56%
Households 0.61% 0.54%
Families 0.58% 0.54%
Median Household Income   2.88%
Per Capita Income   3.23%

Merced, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merced to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 366 76th
Diversity Index # 133 91st
Median Household Income # 1244 18th
Per Capita Income # 1251 18th

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