Merced, California Population 2022

87,809
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Merced is a city located in Merced County California. It is also the county seat of Merced County. With a 2020 population of 87,809, it is the 96th largest city in California and the 421st largest city in the United States. Merced is currently growing at a rate of 0.85% annually and its population has increased by 1.71% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 86,333 in 2020. Spanning over 23 miles, Merced has a population density of 3,781 people per square mile.

The average household income in Merced is $63,265 with a poverty rate of 25.76%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,032 per month, and the median house value is $251,500. The median age in Merced is 29.4 years, 27.9 years for males, and 31 years for females.

Merced Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Mercedwas:

  • White: 48.94%
  • Other race: 26.77%
  • Asian: 11.14%
  • Two or more races: 6.65%
  • Black or African American: 5.17%
  • Native American: 1.22%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.09%
The current population of Merced, California is 87,809 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 86,333.

Merced, California Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Merced Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Merced Population by Race

Merced Population Pyramid 2022

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Merced Median Age

29.8


Total

29.1


Male

30.7


Female

Merced Adults

There are 59,565 adults, (8,698 of whom are seniors) in Merced.

Merced Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

17.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced Sex Ratio

Female

42,064

50.03%

Male

42,017

49.97%

Merced Population by Age

Merced Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Merced Household Types

42.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Merced Households and Families

3.61

Average Family Size

3.12

Average Household Size

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Merced Households by Type

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Merced Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merced Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 30.98%.

Merced Educational Attainment by Race

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$32,209

Average Earnings

$35,970

Average Male

$27,706

Average Female

Merced Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merced Language by Age

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Merced Language

52.74% of Merced residents speak only English, while 47.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.60% of the population.

Merced Language

Merced Poverty by Race

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25.76%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.84%

Male Poverty Rate

28.67%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced is Native, with 58.17% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merced is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.19%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.06%.

Merced Poverty

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Merced Poverty Rate by Education

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Merced Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merced Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Merced Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

39.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.0%

Male Marriage Rate

37.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Merced Married by Age and Sex

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Merced Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Merced Marital Status by Race

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Merced Marital Status

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2,790

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Merced Veterans by War

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Merced Veterans by Age

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Merced Veterans by Race

Merced Veterans by Education

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7.92%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.69%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced Veterans by Education

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59.3%

Labor Force Participation

52.4%

Employment Rate

11.4%

Unemployment Rate

Merced Employment by Age

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Merced Employment by Race

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Merced Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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65.51%

Born in Merced

76.01%

Native Born

23.99%

Foreign Born

13.67%

Non Citizen

10.32%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.01% of Merced residents were born in the United States, with 65.51% having been born in California. 13.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Merced Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Merced Population by Year