Population: 81,461Median home value: $170,500 62 Ranks better than 31% of areas
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A+ Merced Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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D+ Merced Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% lower than California
1033% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Merced cost of living
F Merced Crime Total crime is 32% higher than California
Total crime
3,88442% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2642% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-9%Year over year crime is down
Merced crime
F Merced Employment Household income is 38% lower than California
Median household income
$39,30729% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,41538% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
10%120% higher than the US average
Merced employment
C+ Merced Housing Home value is 58% lower than California
Median home value
$170,5008% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$85510% lower than the US average
Home ownership
41%36% lower than the US average
Merced real estate or Merced rentals
F Merced Schools HS graduation rate is 11% lower than California
High school grad. rates
71%14% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%43% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Merced K-12 schools or Merced colleges

Living in Merced, CA

Located in the state of California, Merced is a moderately-sized city with a population of 81,461 residents. With a population density of 3,507 people per square mile, Merced is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Merced identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 34% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. The median age of all Merced residents is 29, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Merced, California. The best areas in Merced and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

The livability score in Merced is 63/100 and the city is ranked in the 31st percentile of all cities across America. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Merced has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+) and weather (B+). Merced does not fare well for the following: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Merced has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Merced: Merced County Courthouse Museum, Merced National Wildlife Refuge, and Vista Ranch and Cellars.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Merced. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Merced are affordable. Median real estate prices in Merced come in at $170,500, which is 58.3% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Merced, the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 32.8% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Merced were 9.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.9%.

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Merced, CA - Good Family Fun

I got to visit Merced, California while attending an old friends wedding. They have a great little concession stand with great prices and variety. The people in Merced were so nice there I had to mention them. While in town we visited the Merced County Courthouse Museum. They have cool exhibits and is a great walkthrough of history. If you are traveling down 99 Hwy, you will see the Courthouse (easy to spot as it is the tallest building the city!) and they have a nice little park for the kids.

I have two young children, so I decided to take them to Kiwanis Kiddieland. They had an amazing time, and after going to Kiddieland and the Zoo, I spent a total of $30.00! So if you have kids and are strapped for cash then you must visit. The Zoo was great. You can buy goat feed for 0.25 cents a cup and let the kids feed the goats. The zoo had everything you would expect with one mountain lion, bears, monkeys, bobcats, and a reptile area. It won't be much for the adults but the kids are sure to love the visit and at a price so affordable you will be happy to pay to keep them preoccupied. Overall, I recommend the city of Merced as a great place to take your family.
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Source: The Merced, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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