Merced County, California Population 2019

Merced County, California's estimated population is 271,340 with a growth rate of 1.26% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Merced County, California is the 24th largest county in California.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2018274,7653,4251.26%
2017271,3403,3691.26%
2016267,9711,3200.50%
2015266,6512,0020.76%
2014264,6492,4510.93%
2013262,1981,2270.47%
2012260,9711,6380.63%
2011259,3332,6011.01%
2010256,73278,32943.91%
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%

How Many People Live in Merced County, California?

271,340

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White153,64957.46%
Some Other Race70,46626.35%
Asian20,2247.56%
Two or More Races12,1484.54%
Black or African American8,6213.22%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,8260.68%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4560.17%

Merced County, California Population Pyramid 2019

Merced County, California Median Age

30.8


Total

30


Male

31.5


Female

Merced County, California Adults

There are 187,526 adults, (28,611 of whom are seniors) in Merced County, California.

Merced County, California Age Dependency

68.3

Age Dependency Ratio

18

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced County, California Sex Ratio

Female

132,345

49.50%

Male

135,045

50.50%

Merced County, California Households and Families

Merced County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Merced County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63.7%36.3%
All52%48%
Non Family46%54%
Male42.9%57.1%
Female30.8%69.2%

52.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,2613.352
Married40,1943.8963.7
Non Family18,8001.446
Female14,3633.9530.8
Male5,9043.742.9

3.76

Average Family Size

3.3

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Merced County, California Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade30,10619.23%
9th to 12th Grade18,59711.88%
High School Graduate39,30225.10%
Some College35,73722.83%
Associates Degree11,2797.20%
Bachelors Degree14,0068.95%
Graduate Degree7,5354.81%

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic79,92142,6244,897
White56,16549,25312,274
Other Race37,07317,3621,736
Asian11,6628,0263,178
Black5,5004,892760
Multiple Races4,6263,874645
Native American1,27280955
Islander363317

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 88.95%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 27.25%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,441$33,744$22,964
Less Than High School$22,396$26,648$13,819
High School Grad$28,525$33,665$21,282
Some College$31,068$39,212$25,005
Bachelors Degree$50,615$58,712$45,519
Graduate Degree$63,968$64,854$62,349

$29,441

Average Earnings

$33,744

Average Male

$22,964

Average Female

Merced County, California Language

Merced County, California Language by Age

Merced County, California Language

47.72% of Merced County, California residents speak only English, while 52.28% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 43.33% of the population.

Merced County, California Poverty

Merced County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic152,35041,45227.21%
Other68,43319,34128.26%
White75,66412,13216.03%
Asian19,7184,22821.44%
Multiple11,7132,98025.44%
Black7,6651,71722.40%
Native1,76955631.43%
Islander443296.55%

23.32%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.16%

Male Poverty Rate

24.49%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Native, with 31.43% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Islander, with 6.55% 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 21.14%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.37%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.07%
High School17.39%
Some College15.00%
Bachelors or Greater5.58%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.84%
Male Unemployed30.71%
Female Employed11.96%
Male Employed9.17%

Merced County, California Income

Merced County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,338$64,445
Families$49,971$68,841
Married Families$63,387$83,626
Non Families$28,461$43,786

Merced County, California Marital Status

Merced County, California Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

46.8%

Male Marriage Rate

44.3%

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 Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Merced County, California Marital Status by Race

Merced County, California Veterans

10,225

Number of Veterans

9,443

Male Veterans

782

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,117
First Gulf War1,656
Second Gulf War1,355
Korea1,050
World War II640
Age Group Veterans
75+2,710
65 to 742,587
55 to 642,079
35 to 542,074
18 to 34775

Merced County, California Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White8,0907.24%
Hispanic2,4352.44%
Other6771.46%
Black6279.48%
2 or More4086.79%
Asian2931.96%
Indian1309.01%

Merced County, California Veterans by Education

9.98%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.94%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced County, California Employment Status

59.1%

Labor Force Participation

50.4%

Employment Rate

14.6%

Unemployment Rate

Merced County, California Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

62.96%

Born in California

74.49%

Native Born

25.51%

Foreign Born

15.49%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

74.49% of Merced County, California residents were born in the United States, with 62.96% having been born in California. 15.49% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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%
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