Merced County, California Population 2022

Merced County, California's estimated population is 286,284 with a growth rate of 0.90% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Merced County, California is the 23rd largest county in California. The 2010 Population was 255,793 and has seen a growth of 11.92% since this time.

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18601,1410.00%
18702,8071,666146.01%
18805,6562,849101.50%
18908,0852,42942.95%
19009,2151,13013.98%
191015,1485,93364.38%
192024,5799,43162.26%
193036,74812,16949.51%
194046,98810,24027.87%
195069,78022,79248.51%
196090,44620,66629.62%
1970104,62914,18315.68%
1980134,56029,93128.61%
1990178,40343,84332.58%
2010255,79377,39043.38%
2011258,3342,5410.99%
2012260,8752,5410.98%
2013263,4162,5410.97%
2014265,9572,5410.96%
2015268,4982,5410.96%
2016271,0392,5410.95%
2017273,5802,5410.94%
2018276,1212,5410.93%
2019278,6622,5410.92%
2020281,2022,5400.91%
2021283,7432,5410.90%
2022286,2842,5410.90%
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Merced County, California Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White139,46950.96%
Black or African American8,1902.99%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,8851.05%
Asian20,8817.63%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7440.27%
Some Other Race84,56130.90%
Two or More Races16,9316.19%
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Merced County, California Population by Race

Merced County, California Population Pyramid 2022

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Merced County, California Median Age

31.2


Total

30.4


Male

32


Female

Merced County, California Adults

There are 192,932 adults, (30,765 of whom are seniors) in Merced County, California.

Merced County, California Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

19

Old Age Dependency Ratio

49.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced County, California Sex Ratio

Female

135,433

49.49%

Male

138,228

50.51%

Merced County, California Population by Age

Merced County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Merced County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.3%35.7%
All52.2%47.8%
Male50.1%49.9%
Non Family43.5%56.5%
Female30.2%69.8%

52.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Merced County, California Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All81,3063.2952.2
Married40,4903.9364.3
Male7,7833.8250.1
Female13,7593.8430.2
Non Family19,2741.3543.5

3.74

Average Family Size

3.29

Average Household Size

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Merced County, California Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade29,03117.89%
9th to 12th Grade20,07312.37%
High School Graduate41,35525.48%
Some College36,31122.37%
Associates Degree12,6507.79%
Bachelors Degree15,5809.60%
Graduate Degree7,2934.49%
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Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Asian12,3188,8583,433
White54,38847,66112,077
Islander40437171
2+ Races8,2696,7251,447
Black5,4364,749775
Hispanic86,82749,0185,845
Other Race45,21222,0872,419
Native American1,8211,09193

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 91.83%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 27.87%.

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,150$39,159$26,204
Less Than 9th Grade$26,756$31,939$17,035
High School Graduate$31,562$35,994$25,524
Some College$35,811$43,975$27,589
Bachelors Degree$52,904$58,649$47,467
Graduate Degree$67,180$81,278$63,011

$33,150

Average Earnings

$39,159

Average Male

$26,204

Average Female

Merced County, California Earnings by Educational Attainment

Merced County, California Language by Age

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Merced County, California Language

47.52% of Merced County, California residents speak only English, while 52.48% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 43.82% of the population.

Merced County, California Language

Merced County, California Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native2,78994333.81%
Black7,2551,72723.80%
Hispanic161,35834,55821.42%
Asian20,3553,38216.62%
Multiple16,4552,69716.39%
White72,3409,16312.67%
Islander742506.74%
Other19,060NaN%

18.75%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.37%

Male Poverty Rate

21.16%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Native, with 33.81% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.12%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.42%.

Merced County, California Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.55%
High School14.90%
Some College11.95%
Bachelors or Greater6.04%

Merced County, California Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.75%
Male Unemployed22.29%
Female Employed10.29%
Female Unemployed27.66%

Merced County, California Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Merced County, California Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$56,330$76,432
Families$61,162$81,444
Married Families$74,062$98,349
Non Families$34,079$50,322
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Income by Household Type

Merced County, California Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.8%

Male Marriage Rate

44.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Merced County, California Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Merced County, California Marital Status

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8,692

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,572
First Gulf War1,430
Vietnam3,614
Korea813
World War II243

Merced County, California Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34723
35 to 541,652
55 to 641,606
65 to 742,403
75+2,308

Merced County, California Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6,5716.45%
Black6189.48%
Native American1165.57%
Asian2281.49%
Islander81.94%
Other Race6181.10%
2+ Races5335.18%
Hispanic2,1802.03%

Merced County, California Veterans by Race

Merced County, California Veterans by Education

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8.54%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced County, California Veterans by Education

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59.5%

Labor Force Participation

53%

Employment Rate

10.7%

Unemployment Rate

Merced County, California Employment by Age

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Merced County, California Employment by Race

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Merced County, California 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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63.14%

Born in Merced County, California

73.59%

Native Born

26.41%

Foreign Born

15.69%

Non Citizen

10.72%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

73.59% of Merced County, California residents were born in the United States, with 63.14% having been born in California. 15.69% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Merced County, California Place of Birth

  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

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