Merced County, California Population 2018

Merced County, California's estimated population is 272,673 with a growth rate of 2.90% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Merced County, California is the 25th largest county in California.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017272,6737,6722.90%
2016265,001-3,877-1.44%
2016268,8781,4720.55%
2015267,4062,1250.80%
2014265,2812,5690.98%
2013262,7121,3050.50%
2012261,4071,8000.69%
2011259,6072,8351.10%
2010256,77278,36943.93%
1990178,40343,84332.58%
1980134,56029,93128.61%
1970104,62914,18315.68%
196090,44620,66629.62%
195069,78022,79248.51%
194046,98810,24027.87%
193036,74812,16949.51%
192024,5799,43162.26%
191015,1485,93364.38%
19009,2151,13013.98%
18908,0852,42942.95%
18805,6562,849101.50%
18702,8071,666146.01%
18601,1410.00%

Merced County, California Population Growth

Population Data via

Population by Race

Race Population
White155,239
Some Other Race66,865
Asian19,843
Two or More Races11,750
Black or African American8,902
American Indian and Alaska Native1,865
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander537

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Merced County, California Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Merced County, California Median Age

30.6


Total

29.8


Male

31.3


Female

Merced County, California Adults

There are 185,236 adults, (27,825 of which are seniors) in Merced County, California.

Merced County, California Age Dependency

68.3

Age Dependency Ratio

17.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced County, California Sex Ratio

Female

131,219

49.52%

Male

133,782

50.48%

Merced County, California Households and Families

Merced County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Merced County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.3%35.7%
All52.2%47.8%
Non Family45.7%54.3%
Male44.2%55.8%
Female30.9%69.1%

52.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Merced County, California Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All78,2703.3152.2
Married39,5933.8664.3
Non Family18,2611.3745.7
Female14,4853.9930.9
Male5,9313.8644.2

3.76

Average Family Size

3.31

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Merced County, California Households

Merced County, California Education

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade29,82419.37%
9th to 12th Grade18,52112.03%
High School Graduate38,87125.24%
Some College34,63522.49%
Associates Degree11,1167.22%
Bachelors Degree13,6828.88%
Graduate Degree7,3594.78%

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic77,48640,7334,513
White56,56849,25811,885
Other Race36,05516,2161,644
Asian11,2347,9443,293
Black5,4434,842798
Multiple Races4,2553,507651
Native American1,25379548
Islander40036957

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 92.25%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 29.31%.

Merced County, California Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$27,641$31,994$22,355
Less Than High School$20,942$25,055$13,436
High School Grad$27,457$32,782$20,733
Some College$30,638$38,463$24,247
Bachelors Degree$50,038$56,456$45,688
Graduate Degree$65,589$68,349$61,887

$27,641

Average Earnings

$31,994

Average Male

$22,355

Average Female

Merced County, California Language

Merced County, California Language by Age

Merced County, California Language

47.55% of Merced County, California residents speak only English, while 52.45% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 43.35% of the population.

Merced County, California Poverty

Merced County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic149,17142,16028.26%
Other64,75018,18928.09%
White76,83812,74916.59%
Asian19,3234,51123.35%
Multiple11,2193,19628.49%
Black7,8991,99825.29%
Native1,78760033.58%

24.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.91%

Male Poverty Rate

25.55%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Native, with 33.58% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is White, with 16.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.05%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.77%.

Merced County, California Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.00%
High School18.04%
Some College15.65%
Bachelors or Greater6.21%

Merced County, California Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed37.93%
Male Unemployed35.13%
Female Employed12.37%
Male Employed9.51%

Merced County, California Income

Merced County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,397$61,146
Families$49,325$65,386
Married Families$61,693$80,031
Non Families$26,543$41,034

Merced County, California Marital Status

Merced County, California Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

44.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Merced County, California Married by Age and Sex

Merced County, California Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55To64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45To54.

Merced County, California Marital Status by Race

Merced County, California Veterans

Merced County, California Veterans by War

10,492

Number of Veterans

9,740

Male Veterans

752

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam4,553
First Gulf War1,683
Korea1,247
Second Gulf War1,165
World War II689

Merced County, California Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 742,681
75+2,607
55 to 642,347
35 to 542,136
18 to 34721

Merced County, California Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8,2157.39%
Hispanic2,4372.51%
Other7691.70%
Black6119.06%
Asian3632.52%
2 or More3526.27%
Indian18212.41%

Merced County, California Veterans by Education

9.38%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced County, California Employment Status

Merced County, California Employment by Age

59.4%

Labor Force Participation

50%

Employment Rate

15.7%

Unemployment Rate

Merced County, California Employment by Race

Merced County, California Employment by Education

Population of Cities in Merced County, California

City 2010 Census 2016 Estimated Growth Growth Rate
Merced789578259436374.61%
Los Banos359673764316764.66%
Atwater281722927010983.90%
Livingston13011139619507.30%
Gustine552058172975.38%
Dos Palos495052432935.92%
Data Sources
  1. US Census City/Town Population estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
  2. Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790 - 1990