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Merced County, CA&

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Population
268,672
0.08% growth
Median Age
30.9
Median Household Income
$47,739
13.7% growth
Poverty Rate
20.3%
Number of Employees
99,982
1.58% growth
Median Property Value
$231,300
10.1% growth

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Economy

The economy of Merced County, CA employs 99,982 people. The economy of Merced County, CA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Management of Companies & Enterprises; and Transportation & Warehousing, which employ respectively 15.07; 1.31; and 1.2 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Merced County, CA are Retail trade (12,938), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting (12,813), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (11,674), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,688), Mining, Quarrying, Oil, Gas Extraction ($52,656), and Finance & Insurance ($41,819).

Median household income in Merced County, CA is $47,739. Males in Merced County, CA have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,697. The income inequality of Merced County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.507 which is higher than the national average.

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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Merced County, CA. In Merced County, CA the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 47 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $8,297. Monterey County, CA has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in California.

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Diversity

Merced County, CA is home to a population of 268,672 people, from which 84.2% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Merced County, CA is composed of 158,200 Hispanic residents (58.9%), 75,675 White residents (28.2%), 20,943 Asian residents (7.8%), 8,207 Black residents (3.05%), and 3,495 Two+ residents (1.3%). The most common foreign languages in Merced County, CA are Spanish (104,010 speakers), Portuguese (4,636 speakers), and Hmong (4,625 speakers), but compared to other places, Merced County, CA has a relative high number of Hmong (4,625 speakers), Portuguese (4,636 speakers), and Other Indic (4,492 speakers).

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In 2015 universities in Merced County, CA awarded 2,437 degrees. The student population of Merced County, CA is skewed towards females, with 962 male students and 1,475 female students. Most students in Merced County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (1,101 and 45.2%), followed by White (531 and 21.8%), Asian (456 and 18.7%), and Black or African American (132 and 5.42%). The largest universities in Merced County, CA by number of graduates are University of California-Merced (1,163 and 47.7%), Merced College (1,061 and 43.5%), and Milan Institute-Merced (162 and 6.65%). The most popular majors in Merced County, CA are General Psychology (218 and 8.95%), General Biological Sciences (213 and 8.74%), and General Business Administration & Management (133 and 5.46%). The median tuition costs in Merced County, CA are N/A for private four year colleges, and $11,220 and $37,902 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merced County, CA is $231,300, which is 1.13 times larger than the national average of $205,000. Between 2015 and 2016 the median property value increased from $210,100 to $231,300, a 10.1% increase. The homeownership rate of Merced County, CA is 52.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.1%. People in Merced County, CA have an average commute time of 26.9 minutes, and they commute by Taxi. Car ownership in Merced County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

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