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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Mercedwas:
2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.
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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%.
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.
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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%.
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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Merced
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.