Merced County, California Population 2020

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

Merced County, California Population Growth

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White154,37657.37%
Some Other Race72,15226.81%
Asian20,1317.48%
Two or More Races11,0334.10%
Black or African American8,7723.26%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,9880.74%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander6230.23%

Merced County, California Population Pyramid 2020

Merced County, California Median Age

30.9


Total

30.1


Male

31.7


Female

Merced County, California Adults

There are 189,013 adults, (29,320 of whom are seniors) in Merced County, California.

Merced County, California Age Dependency

68.5

Age Dependency Ratio

18.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

50.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Merced County, California Sex Ratio

Female

133,259

49.52%

Male

135,816

50.48%

Merced County, California Households and Families

Merced County, California Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Merced County, California Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63.5%36.5%
All52%48%
Non Family46.2%53.8%
Male43%57%
Female29.6%70.4%

52.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,6063.3152
Married40,7563.9163.5
Non Family18,9641.4146.2
Female13,4723.9529.6
Male6,4143.7143

3.76

Average Family Size

3.31

Average Household Size

7.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Merced County, California Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade29,23618.50%
9th to 12th Grade19,19712.15%
High School Graduate40,83925.84%
Some College35,46722.44%
Associates Degree11,2447.11%
Bachelors Degree14,3959.11%
Graduate Degree7,6564.84%

Merced County, California Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic82,11044,4965,007
White55,65949,45712,775
Other Race38,03017,9251,583
Asian11,8968,1103,019
Black5,4014,803729
Multiple Races4,4483,642796
Native American1,35186754
Islander36131933

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 88.93%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 25.38%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,746$35,870$24,194
Less Than High School$23,960$28,754$14,099
High School Grad$28,858$34,425$21,354
Some College$32,380$41,295$25,688
Bachelors Degree$52,878$61,067$48,296
Graduate Degree$64,907$68,631$63,570

$30,746

Average Earnings

$35,870

Average Male

$24,194

Average Female

Merced County, California Language

Merced County, California Language by Age

Merced County, California Language

47.51% of Merced County, California residents speak only English, while 52.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 44.10% of the population.

Merced County, California Poverty

Merced County, California Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic155,31841,31626.60%
Other70,06619,80128.26%
White74,75210,71014.33%
Asian19,6054,41722.53%
Multiple10,6192,59024.39%
Black7,8162,05426.28%
Native1,91963433.04%
Islander604182.98%

22.69%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.72%

Male Poverty Rate

24.68%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Merced County, California

The race most likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Native, with 33.04% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Merced County, California is Islander, with 2.98% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.40%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.93%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.37%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School23.91%
High School17.69%
Some College14.74%
Bachelors or Greater5.14%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed32.63%
Male Unemployed28.37%
Female Employed12.14%
Male Employed8.39%

Merced County, California Income

Merced County, California Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,129$69,764
Families$54,731$74,853
Married Families$68,093$90,575
Non Families$29,316$46,257

Merced County, California Marital Status

Merced County, California Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.0%

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

9,662

Number of Veterans

8,931

Male Veterans

731

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam3,756
First Gulf War1,542
Second Gulf War1,385
Korea952
World War II426
Name Veterans % of Total
White7,7036.88%
Hispanic2,3052.26%
Other5881.25%
Black5788.49%
2 or More4427.50%
Asian2811.85%
Indian704.53%

$Merced County, California Veterans by Education

9.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

37.79%

Veteran Disability Rate

Merced County, California Employment Status

59.4%

Labor Force Participation

51.8%

Employment Rate

12.7%

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

63.33%

Born in California

74.27%

Native Born

25.73%

Foreign Born

15.72%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

74.27% of Merced County, California residents were born in the United States, with 63.33% having been born in California. 15.72% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

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