Merced, CA

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2019 Population
82,662
0.453% 1-year growth
US Senator
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic Party
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
2019 Median Age
29.4
0.676% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
29.3%
1.47% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$45,232
6.09% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$237,500
12% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
30,246
1.49% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Merced, CA had a population of 82.7k people with a median age of 29.4 and a median household income of $45,232. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Merced, CA grew from 82,289 to 82,662, a 0.453% increase and its median household income grew from $42,637 to $45,232, a 6.09% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merced, CA are White (Hispanic) (27.9%), White (Non-Hispanic) (25.8%), Other (Hispanic) (23.5%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (11.2%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.87%). 0% of the households in Merced, CA speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 87.1% of the residents in Merced, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merced, CA are Merced College (3,133 degrees awarded in 2019), Milan Institute-Merced (154 degrees), and Sierra College of Beauty (57 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Merced, CA was $237,500, and the homeownership rate was 41.3%. Most people in Merced, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Merced, CA was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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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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Diversity

Merced, CA is home to a population of 82.7k people, from which 87.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 71.9% of Merced, CA residents were born outside of the country (59.4k people).

In 2019, there were 1.08 times more White (Hispanic) residents (23.1k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 19.5k Other (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. White (Hispanic)
    23.1k ± 1.76k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.3k ± 1.07k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    19.5k ± 1.82k
55.2%
Hispanic Population
45.6k people

In 2019, there were 1.08 times more White (Hispanic) residents (23.1k people) in Merced, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 21.3k White (Non-Hispanic) and 19.5k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

55.2% of the people in Merced, CA are hispanic (45.6k 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

71.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
59.4k people
22.3%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
18.4k people

As of 2019, 71.9% of Merced, CA residents (59.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merced, CA was 22.3%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

24
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.3
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.8

In 2019, the median age of all people in Merced, CA was 29.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 24, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Merced, CA are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Merced, CA residents was 30.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    4,083,367 ± 46,962 people
  2. Philippines
    839,299 ± 22,251 people
  3. China
    667,994 ± 19,895 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 4,083,367 California residents, followed by Philippines with 839,299 and China with 667,994.

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Citizenship

87.1%
2019 Citizenship
87.4%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 87.1% of Merced, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Merced, CA was 87.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,207 ± 244
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    506 ± 175
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    301 ± 113

Merced, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Merced, CA is $45,232. In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $76,266, followed by Census Tract 15.01 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $66,492 and $63,299.

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $62,156. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.499, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Merced, CA employs 30.2k people. The largest industries in Merced, CA are Educational Services (4,292 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,697 people), and Retail Trade (3,538 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($105,125), Public Administration ($54,892), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,622).

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,232
2019 value
± $2,382
6.09%
1 Year Growth
± 7.04%

Households in Merced, CA have a median annual income of $45,232, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $42,637 in 2018, which represents a 6.09% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$78,556
Average Male Salary in California
± $756
$62,156
Average Female Salary in California
± $629

In 2019, full-time male employees in California made 1.26 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-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
    $73,480 ± $1,183
  2. White
    $65,253 ± $608
  3. Two or More Races
    $54,888 ± $1,917

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of California workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 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.
0.499
2019 Wage GINI in California
0.5
2018 Wage GINI in California

In 2019, the income inequality in California was 0.499 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.144% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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 15.01
  3. Census Tract 12

In 2019, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merced, CA was Census Tract 11.01 with a value of $76,266, followed by Census Tract 15.01 and Census Tract 12, with respective values of $66,492 and $63,299.

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 Gender

Females 18 - 24
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merced, CA (23.9k out of 81.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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
    14,678 ± 987
  2. White
    11,082 ± 835
  3. Other
    6,940 ± 734

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

30.2k
2019 Value
± 1,439
1.49%
1 Year growth
± 6.46%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 1.49%, from 29.8k employees to 30.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merced, CA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,208 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,643 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,317 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 (3,208 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,643 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2,317 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 (11.8 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.67 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.61 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 ($80,707), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($77,019), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($71,632).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

30.2k
2019 Value
± 1,439
1.49%
1 Year growth
± 6.46%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Merced, CA grew at a rate of 1.49%, from 29.8k employees to 30.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merced, CA, are Educational Services (4,292 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,697 people), and Retail Trade (3,538 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 (4,292 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,697 people), and Retail Trade (3,538 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Merced, CA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (7.22 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.53 times), and Public Administration (1.46 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Merced, CA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($105,125), Public Administration ($54,892), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,622).

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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. $379B
  2. $199B
  3. $157B

In 2018, the top outbound California product (by dollars) was Electronics with $379B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($199B) and Mixed freight ($157B).

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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$2.18T
2018 Value in California
$5.17T
Projected 2045 Value in California
137% growth

In 2018, total outbound California trade was $2.18T. This is expected to increase 137% to $5.17T by 2045.

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. $86.9B
  2. $47.9B
  3. $39.1B

In 2018, the top outbound California domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $86.9B, followed by Arizona with $47.9B and Washington and $39.1B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Merced County, CA went to Hillary Rodham Clinton with 52.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (40.6%), followed by Other (6.71%). The most partisan county was San Francisco County, CA with 85% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Popular Vote for Merced County, CA
52.7% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in California
  1. 85% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  2. 78.7% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)
  3. 78.1% for Hillary Rodham Clinton (Democratic Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in California was San Francisco County, CA with 85% of the vote going to Hillary Rodham Clinton 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 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 2019, universities in Merced, CA awarded 3,344 degrees. The student population of Merced, CA is skewed towards women, with 4,574 male students and 7,056 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merced, CA are Hispanic or Latino (2,015 and 61.2%), followed by White (675 and 20.5%), Asian (336 and 10.2%), and Unknown (105 and 3.19%).

The largest universities in Merced, CA by number of degrees awarded are Merced College (3,133 and 93.7%), Milan Institute-Merced (154 and 4.61%), and Sierra College of Beauty (57 and 1.7%).

The most popular majors in Merced, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (763 and 22.8%), General Psychology (319 and 9.54%), and General Social Sciences (280 and 8.37%).

The median tuition costs in Merced, CA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 122 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 319 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 280 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Merced, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 122 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. 3,133 degrees awarded
  2. 154 degrees awarded
  3. 57 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$N/A
Median Private

In 2019, the Merced, CA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Merced College with 3,133 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,227
Degrees Awarded to Men
2,117
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 1,227 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merced, CA, which is 0.58 times less than the 2,117 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender 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
    2,015 degrees awarded
  2. White
    675 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    336 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Merced, CA was Hispanic or Latino students. These 2,015 degrees mean that there were 2.99 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 675 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merced, CA was $237,500 in 2019, which is 0.988 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $212,100 to $237,500, a 12% increase. The homeownership rate in Merced, CA is 41.3%, which is lower than the national average of 64.1%. People in Merced, CA have an average commute time of 25.2 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

$237,500
2019 Median
± $7,339
$212,100
2018 Median
± $9,062

In 2019, the median property value in Merced, CA grew to to $237,500 from the previous year's value of $212,100.

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

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$45,232
Median Household Income
± $2,382
25.5k
Number of Households
± 1,115

In 2019, the median household income of the 25.5k households in Merced, CA grew to $45,232 from the previous year's value of $42,637.

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 $75k - $100k 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

41.3%
2019 Homeownership
40.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 41.3% of the housing units in Merced, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 40.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Merced, CA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merced, CA have a shorter commute time (25.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 5.91% of the workforce in Merced, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (76.7%)
  2. Carpooled (8.31%)
  3. Other (5.8%)

In 2019, 76.7% of workers in Merced, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.31%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (5.8%).

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 3 cars.

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Health

92.4% of the population of Merced, CA has health coverage, with 32% on employee plans, 44.7% on Medicaid, 5.35% on Medicare, 9.84% on non-group plans, and 0.524% 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

7.55%
Uninsured
32%
Employer Coverage
44.7%
Medicaid
5.35%
Medicare
9.84%
Non-Group
0.524%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merced, CA declined by 0.062% from 7.56% to 7.55%.

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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