Merced, California Population 2024

95,659

Merced is a city located in Merced County California. Merced has a 2024 population of 95,659. It is also the county seat of Merced County.Merced is currently growing at a rate of 2.19% annually and its population has increased by 10.4% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 86,648 in 2020.

The average household income in Merced is $78,097 with a poverty rate of 25.19%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Merced is 29.9 years, 29 years for males, and 31 years for females.

Merced Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Merced was:

  • White: 38.13%
  • Other race: 35.7%
  • Two or more races: 10.26%
  • Asian: 10.18%
  • Black or African American: 4.52%
  • Native American: 0.85%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.35%
Land Area (mi²)
23.2 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,118.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
10.4% (9,011)
The current population of Merced, California is 95,659 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 86,648.

Merced, California Population 2024

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Merced Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White33,43938.13%
Other race31,30735.7%
Two or more races8,99710.26%
Asian8,92310.18%
Black or African American3,9674.52%
Native American7490.85%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander3040.35%
showing: 7 rows

White

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Black or African American

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Merced Population by Race

Merced Population Pyramid 2024

Merced Median Age

29.9

Total

29

Male

31

Female

Merced Adults

There are 62,050 adults, (8,933 of whom are seniors) in Merced.

Merced Age Dependency

65.1

Age Dependency Ratio

16.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

48.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced Sex Ratio

Female44,20550.41%
Male43,48149.59%

Merced Population by Age

Merced Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All27,0843.1943.356.7
Married11,0773.8761.838.2
Non Family7,6781.3933.666.4
Female5,7704.0820.679.4
Male2,5593.684357
showing: 5 rows

3.67

Average Family Size

3.19

Average Household Size

43.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Merced Households and Families

Male

Female

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Merced Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merced Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 95.09%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 30.54%.

Merced Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

$38,370

Average Earnings

$43,046

Average Male

$32,843

Average Female

Merced Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merced Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Merced Language

51.73% of Merced residents speak only English, while 48.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 39.06% of the population.

Merced Language

Merced Poverty by Race

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Hispanic51,21814,05427.44%
Other30,8368,77928.47%
White20,0243,55817.77%
Multiple8,8782,04823.07%
Asian8,9202,03522.81%
Black3,9061,74744.73%
Native7399212.45%
showing: 7 rows

25.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

21.92%

Male Poverty Rate

28.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced is Black, with 44.73% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merced is Native, with 12.45% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.29%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.39%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 36.5%.

Merced Poverty

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.27%
High School21.15%
Some College15.9%
Bachelors or Greater6.4%
showing: 4 rows

Merced Poverty Rate by Education

rate

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed29.49%
Male Unemployed28.52%
Female Employed12.95%
Male Employed9.36%
showing: 4 rows

Merced Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merced Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Merced Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

38.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

40.2%

Male Marriage Rate

35.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Merced Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Merced Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

2,690

Number of Veterans

2,414

Male Veterans

276

Female Veterans

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Merced Veterans by War

count

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Merced Veterans by Age

count

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Merced Veterans by Race

Merced Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.99%

Veteran Poverty Rate

32.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

60.9%

Labor Force Participation

53.2%

Employment Rate

12.6%

Unemployment Rate

Merced Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Merced Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Merced Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

68.08%

Born in Merced

76.82%

Native Born

23.18%

Foreign Born

13.07%

Non Citizen

10.11%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

76.82% of Merced residents were born in the United States, with 68.08% having been born in California. 13.07% 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: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

Download Table Data

Enter your email below, and you'll receive this table's data in your inbox momentarily.

Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
2029105,8992,0481.97%
2028103,8512,0482.01%
2027101,8032,0482.05%
202699,7552,0482.1%
202597,7072,0482.14%
202495,6592,0482.19%
202393,6112,0482.24%
202291,5632,0482.29%
202189,5152,8673.31%
202086,6481,9702.33%
201984,6781,4581.75%
201883,2207530.91%
201782,4676010.73%
201681,8663600.44%
201581,5065730.71%
201480,9334720.59%
201380,4614260.53%
201280,0354300.54%
201179,6055080.64%
201079,09715,20423.8%
200063,8937,67713.66%
199056,21619,71754.02%
198036,49913,82961%
197022,6702,60212.97%
196020,0684,79031.35%
195015,2785,14350.74%
194010,1353,06943.43%
19307,0663,09277.81%
19203,97487228.11%
19103,1021,13357.54%
19001,969-40-1.99%
18902,00956338.93%
18801,446
showing: 33 rows

Merced Population by Year