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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    B
  4. Good for Families
    B
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    C-
  7. Weather
    A
  8. Cost of Living
    C-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A-
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B
Merced County is located in California with a population of 269,075. In Merced County, most residents own their homes. In Merced County there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Merced County and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Merced County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$229,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$973
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Merced County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    420.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    134.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    594.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,905.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    476.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    31%
    13%

Working in Merced County

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,129
National
$55,322

Merced County Reviews

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Merced county is an area with so many problems, it’s difficult to find where to start. Gang violence, poverty, homelessness, and lack of education are all encompassing. These issues were so normalized here that I was shocked when I moved away. I didn’t understand that life in other towns is inherently better. People are healthier, smarter, and happier in other places. In Merced, kids cannot play in the park, go on bike rides with friends, or even be downtown at nighttime without having to fear for their safety. The city council seems to have no desire to improve the living conditions here. Rent prices are high while wages remain low. Business leave one by one. A relative once described Merced to me as “like walking through a time machine.” The buildings, roads, houses, cars, and ideologies of the town are incredibly outdated. There is high potential here with it’s proximity to Yosemite, the coast, the mountains, and the bay area. Hopefully changes are in the near future.
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I have been a resident of Merced County for 17 years (since I was born). I live in Merced, California which is a middle sized town. I get to interact in the different areas of the town because I live in the western part of Merced, but I attend school way across town. Many people in this town believe it to be “boring” and the area that I live by “unsafe.” However, I believe that there’s been many renovations in the last years that have helped it become a better more safe town. With the creation of UC Merced (the newest 4-year college in California) the town has expanded. I believe that in a few years this will be a great college town where students and people can reside if they would like to experience what it is like to live in a smaller more calm town.
There is a big community of fundamentalist, right wing Christians. They supported the ban on gay marriage, dressing their children as brides and grooms, standing them on street corners with signs that read “Marriage is between a man and a woman” right before both elections where Californians voted on this issue. They proclaim their love for Jesus, but their love for their fellow man is not always as obvious. And this comes in many flavors. There are churches galore here, but only small congregations of more liberal versions of Christianity. There is a Buddhist temple and a large Seikh population close by in Livingston.