Merced, CA

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2020 Population
84,081
1.72% 1-year growth
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
29.8
1.36% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
25.8%
12.1% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$49,973
10.5% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$251,500
5.89% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
32,566
7.67% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Merced, CA had a population of 84.1k people with a median age of 29.8 and a median household income of $49,973. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Merced, CA grew from 82,662 to 84,081, a 1.72% increase and its median household income grew from $45,232 to $49,973, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merced, CA are Other (Hispanic) (26.5%), White (Hispanic) (25%), White (Non-Hispanic) (24%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (10.6%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.73%).

None of the households in Merced, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.3% of the residents in Merced, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merced, CA are Merced College (3,121 degrees awarded in 2020), Milan Institute-Merced (154 degrees), and Sierra College of Beauty (85 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Merced, CA was $251,500, and the homeownership rate was 42.6%. Most people in Merced, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Merced, CA was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Merced, CA is home to a population of 84.1k people, from which 86.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 24% of Merced, CA residents were born outside of the country (20.2k people).

In 2020, there were 1.06 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (22.2k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k White (Hispanic) and 20.2k White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Merced, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    22.2k ± 1.99k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    21k ± 1.46k
  3. White (Non-Hispanic)
    20.2k ± 1.44k
57.6%
Hispanic Population
48.5k people

In 2020, there were 1.06 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (22.2k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21k White (Hispanic) and 20.2k White (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

57.6% of the people in Merced, CA are hispanic (48.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Merced, CA as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

24%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
20.2k people
22.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
18.8k people

As of 2020, 24% of Merced, CA residents (20.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merced, CA was 22.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

24
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.1
44
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Merced, CA was 29.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 24, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Merced, CA are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Merced, CA residents was 29.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,008,868 ± 46,586 people
  2. Philippines
    829,356 ± 22,122 people
  3. China
    683,718 ± 20,124 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,008,868 California residents, followed by Philippines with 829,356 and China with 683,718.

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Citizenship

86.3%
2020 Citizenship
87.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 86.3% of Merced, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Merced, CA was 87.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,052 ± 301
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    601 ± 179
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    285 ± 119

Merced, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.75 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in California, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in California (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in California. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of California across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Merced, CA is $49,973. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $69,107, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 15.01, with respective values of $65,997 and $64,766.

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $64,427. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Merced, CA employs 32.6k people. The largest industries in Merced, CA are Educational Services (4,419 people), Retail Trade (3,996 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,741 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($81,633), Public Administration ($54,411), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,691).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,973
2020 value
± $2,699
10.5%
1 Year Growth
± 6.83%

Households in Merced, CA have a median annual income of $49,973, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $45,232 in 2019, which represents a 10.5% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$81,373
Average Male Salary in California
± $777
$64,427
Average Female Salary in California
± $650

In 2020, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in California by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in California
  1. Asian
    $76,893 ± $1,222
  2. White
    $68,605 ± $653
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,009 ± $1,392

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in California.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Merced, CA is from California.
0.498
2020 Wage GINI in California
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California

In 2020, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.321% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in California across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 11.01
  2. Census Tract 12
  3. Census Tract 15.01

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $69,107, followed by Census Tract 12 and Census Tract 15.01, with respective values of $65,997 and $64,766.

The following map shows all of the places in Merced, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merced, CA (21.4k out of 83k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. Hispanic
    13,814 ± 969
  2. White
    9,772 ± 836
  3. Other
    6,140 ± 686

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Merced, CA is Hispanic, followed by White and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

32.6k
2020 Value
± 1,538
7.67%
1 Year growth
± 6.23%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 7.67%, from 30.2k employees to 32.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merced, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,286 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,823 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,737 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merced, CA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Merced, CA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,286 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,823 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,737 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Merced, CA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (13.1 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.83 times), and Healthcare Support Occupations (1.73 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Merced, CA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($80,880), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($75,075), and Protective Service Occupations ($70,164).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

32.6k
2020 Value
± 1,538
7.67%
1 Year growth
± 6.23%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 7.67%, from 30.2k employees to 32.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merced, CA, are Educational Services (4,419 people), Retail Trade (3,996 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,741 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merced, CA, though some of these residents may live in Merced, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Merced, CA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (4,419 people), Retail Trade (3,996 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (3,741 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Merced, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (6.92 times higher than expected), Public Administration (1.59 times), and Educational Services (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merced, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($81,633), Public Administration ($54,411), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,691).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $407B
  2. $158B
  3. $149B

In 2020, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $407B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($158B) and Mixed freight ($149B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound California products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$2.26T
2020 Value in California
$4.61T
Projected 2050 Value in California
104% growth

In 2020, total outbound California trade was $2.26T. This is expected to increase 104% to $4.61T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound California trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from California to other states, or from other states to California.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $83.5B
  2. $44.4B
  3. $43.3B

In 2020, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $83.5B, followed by Arizona with $44.4B and Ohio and $43.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that California shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%). The most partisan county was San Francisco County, CA with 85.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for California
63.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in California
  1. 85.3% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 82.3% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 80.2% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in California was San Francisco County, CA with 85.3% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in California colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from California

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Dianne Feinstein
Senator from California1
Assumed office on November 10, 1992
Elected to the seat to succeed John Seymour (California politician)|John Seymour, who had been appointed to the seat after Pete Wilson was elected Governor of California.
Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.

Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in California over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 53 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Merced, CA awarded 3,360 degrees. The student population of Merced, CA is skewed towards women, with 3,992 male students and 7,078 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merced, CA are Hispanic or Latino (2,086 and 63.2%), followed by White (593 and 18%), Asian (262 and 7.94%), and Unknown (207 and 6.27%).

The largest universities in Merced, CA by number of degrees awarded are Merced College (3,121 and 92.9%), Milan Institute-Merced (154 and 4.58%), and Sierra College of Beauty (85 and 2.53%).

The most popular majors in Merced, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (967 and 28.8%), General Psychology (310 and 9.23%), and General Social Sciences (237 and 7.05%).

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 133 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 310 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 237 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Merced, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 133 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Merced, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,121 degrees awarded
  2. 154 degrees awarded
  3. 85 degrees awarded

In 2020, the Merced, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Merced College with 3,121 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

1,168
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,192
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 1,168 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merced, CA, which is 0.533 times less than the 2,192 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Merced, CA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    2,086 degrees awarded
  2. White
    593 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    262 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Merced, CA was Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,086 degrees mean that there were 3.52 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 593 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merced, CA was $251,500 in 2020, which is 1.09 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $237,500 to $251,500, a 5.89% increase. The homeownership rate in Merced, CA is 42.6%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Merced, CA have an average commute time of 27.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Merced, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$251,500
2020 Median
± $7,913
$237,500
2019 Median
± $7,339

In 2020, the median property value in Merced, CA grew to to $251,500 from the previous year's value of $237,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Merced, CA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merced, CA the largest share of households have a property value in the $250k - $300k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$49,973
Median Household Income
± $2,699
26.6k
Number of Households
± 1,286

In 2020, the median household income of the 26.6k households in Merced, CA grew to $49,973 from the previous year's value of $45,232.

The following chart displays the households in Merced, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Merced, CA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Merced, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

42.6%
2020 Homeownership
41.3%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 42.6% of the housing units in Merced, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 41.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Merced, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

27.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merced, CA have a longer commute time (27.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 6.94% of the workforce in Merced, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (77.8%)
  2. Carpooled (7.41%)
  3. Other (6.31%)

In 2020, 77.8% of workers in Merced, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.41%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (6.31%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Merced, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Merced, CA have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

92% of the population of Merced, CA has health coverage, with 31.8% on employee plans, 43.7% on Medicaid, 5.46% on Medicare, 10.6% on non-group plans, and 0.424% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in California was $7,549 in 2014. This is a 4.04% increase from the previous year ($7,256).

Primary care physicians in Merced County, CA see 2216 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.64% decrease from the previous year (2253 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2169 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 530 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Amador County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17%). Additionally, Colusa County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,216 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Merced County, CA

Primary care physicians in Merced County, CA see an average of 2,216 patients per year. This represents a 1.64% decrease from the previous year (2,253 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Merced County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,549
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in California
$4,735
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,368
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,833
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in California (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.04%, from $7,256 to $7,549.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.02%
Uninsured
31.8%
Employer Coverage
43.7%
Medicaid
5.46%
Medicare
10.6%
Non-Group
0.424%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merced, CA grew by 6.2% from 7.55% to 8.02%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Merced, CA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 17% prevalence
  2. 16.9% prevalence
  3. 15.5% prevalence

Amador County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in California, at 17%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in California by county over multiple years.

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