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Merced County, CA&

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Population
268,455
0.79% growth
Median Age
30.6
Median Household Income
$41,997
-4.73% decline
Poverty Rate
26.7%
Number of Employees
98,425
-2.65% decline
Median Property Value
$210,100
21.4% growth

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Economy

The economy of Merced County, CA employs 98,425 people. The economy of Merced County, CA is specialized in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting; Utilities; and Manufacturing, which employ respectively 16.94; 1.56; 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 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting (14,881), Healthcare & Social Assistance (11,509), and Manufacturing (11,329), 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 $41,997. Males in Merced County, CA have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,710. The income inequality of Merced County, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.504 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 268,455 people, from which 83.6% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Merced County, CA is composed of 156,110 Hispanic residents (58.2%), 77,568 White residents (28.9%), 18,771 Asian residents (6.99%), 7,434 Black residents (2.77%), and 7,337 Two+ residents (2.73%). 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 $35,928 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 $210,100, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value increased from $173,000 to $210,100, a 21.4% increase. The homeownership rate of Merced County, CA is 51.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63%. People in Merced County, CA have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. 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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