Merced, CA

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2022 Population
87,686
1.97% 1-year growth
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
29.9
1.01% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
25.2%
5.39% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,233
13.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$322,600
20.1% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
34,529
4.47% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Merced, CA had a population of 87.7k people with a median age of 29.9 and a median household income of $59,233. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Merced, CA grew from 85,993 to 87,686, a 1.97% increase and its median household income grew from $52,305 to $59,233, a 13.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merced, CA are Other (Hispanic) (35.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (23.1%), White (Hispanic) (15%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (9.99%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (7.5%).

None of the households in Merced, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.9% of the residents in Merced, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merced, CA are Merced College (2,892 degrees awarded in 2022), Milan Institute-Merced (138 degrees), and Sierra College of Beauty (136 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Merced, CA was $322,600, and the homeownership rate was 43.3%.

Most people in Merced, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27 minutes. The average car ownership in Merced, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Merced, CA is home to a population of 87.7k people, from which 86.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 23.2% of Merced, CA residents were born outside of the country (20.4k people).

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (31.1k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 13.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

86.9%
2022 Citizenship
87%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 86.9% of Merced, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Merced, CA was 87%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Merced, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    31.1k ± 2.26k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.3k ± 1.49k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    13.1k ± 1.55k
59.1%
Hispanic Population
51.8k people

In 2022, there were 1.53 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (31.1k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 20.3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 13.1k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

59.1% of the people in Merced, CA are hispanic (51.8k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Merced, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

23.2%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
20.4k people
23.2%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
20k people

As of 2022, 23.2% of Merced, CA residents (20.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merced, CA was 23.2%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    960 ± 209
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    614 ± 217
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    276 ± 112

Merced, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Merced, CA employs 34.5k people. The largest industries in Merced, CA are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,535 people), Educational Services (4,172 people), and Retail Trade (3,933 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($61,563), Public Administration ($55,980), and Finance & Insurance ($53,977).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

34.5k
2022 Value
± 1,586
4.47%
1 Year growth
± 6.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 4.47%, from 33.1k employees to 34.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merced, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,664 people), Sales & Related Occupations (3,144 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,710 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merced, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

34.5k
2022 Value
± 1,586
4.47%
1 Year growth
± 6.35%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 4.47%, from 33.1k employees to 34.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merced, CA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,535 people), Educational Services (4,172 people), and Retail Trade (3,933 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merced, CA, though some of these residents may live in Merced, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$40,234
Median earning men ± $3,017
$32,513
Median earning women ± $2,241

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($67,450), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($62,188), and Wholesale Trade ($52,245).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($67,923), Public Administration ($47,314), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($44,312).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Merced, CA awarded 3,166 degrees. The student population of Merced, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,117 male students and 6,492 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merced, CA are Hispanic or Latino (1,889 and 60.4%), followed by White (497 and 15.9%), Asian (271 and 8.66%), and Unknown (267 and 8.54%).

The largest universities in Merced, CA by number of degrees awarded are Merced College (2,892 and 91.3%), Milan Institute-Merced (138 and 4.36%), and Sierra College of Beauty (136 and 4.3%).

The most popular majors in Merced, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (812 and 25.6%), General Psychology (367 and 11.6%), and General Social Sciences (227 and 7.17%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 10,609 students enrolled in Merced, CA, 38.8% men and 61.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 6,936 records, of which 63.2% were women and 36.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 99 degrees awarded
  2. 367 degrees awarded
  3. 227 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Merced, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 99 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Merced, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,892 degrees awarded
  2. 138 degrees awarded
  3. 136 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Merced College with 2,892 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 1,015 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merced, CA, which is 0.472 times less than the 2,151 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 1,889 degrees mean that there were 3.8 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 497 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($1,104) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($90) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merced, CA was $322,600 in 2022, which is 1.14 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $268,600 to $322,600, a 20.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Merced, CA is 43.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Merced, CA have an average commute time of 27 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Merced, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Merced, CA is $59,233. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $88,092, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 15.01, with respective values of $70,957 and $68,571.

Property

$322,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,012
$11,717
Median Property Taxes
±$851

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merced, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Merced, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

43.3%
Homeownership
2022
68.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 43.3% of the housing units in Merced, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 41.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 11.01
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 15.01

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $88,092, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 15.01, with respective values of $70,957 and $68,571.

The following map shows all of the places in Merced, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$59,233
Median Household Income
± $3,268
27.1k
Number of Households
± 1,336

In 2022, the median household income of the 27.1k households in Merced, CA grew to $59,233 from the previous year's value of $52,305.

The following chart displays the households in Merced, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merced, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.1%)
  2. Other (6.75%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.37%)

In 2022, 77.1% of workers in Merced, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who used some unspecified means to get work (6.75%) and those who worked at home (6.37%).

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Commute Time

27 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merced, CA have a longer commute time (27 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.87% of the workforce in Merced, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Merced, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Merced, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

25.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merced, CA (21.8k out of 86.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Merced, CA is Hispanic, followed by Other and White.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.1% of the population of Merced, CA has health coverage, with 33.2% on employee plans, 41.8% on Medicaid, 5.14% on Medicare, 10.2% on non-group plans, and 0.81% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Merced County, CA see 2221 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.226% increase from the previous year (2216 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2148 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 462 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,221 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Merced County, CA

Primary care physicians in Merced County, CA see an average of 2,221 patients per year. This represents a 0.226% increase from the previous year (2,216 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Merced County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.5% under 18 years, 27.8% between 18 and 34 years, 31.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 10.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.86%
Uninsured
33.2%
Employer Coverage
41.8%
Medicaid
5.14%
Medicare
10.2%
Non-Group
0.81%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merced, CA grew by 5.08% from 8.43% to 8.86%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Merced, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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