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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Merced is a town in California with a population of 82,289. Merced is in Merced County. Living in Merced offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Merced there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Merced and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Merced are above average.
About Merced...
Population
82,289

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$212,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$954
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Merced Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    380.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    35.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    138.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    462.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,678.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    511.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    26%
    13%

Working in Merced

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,637
National
$55,322
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I love the diversity that Merced has to offer. As a current high school student, I am able to experience and appreciate the many different types of cultures, ideas, religions, and mindsets at my highschool. This exposure to diversity has allowed me to become more open-minded about others' ideas and cultures, which has taught me to be respectful of others' uniqueness; through this, I have been able to learn that uniqueness is what makes everyone special. Being open-minded has given me the opportunity to be more perceptive of others' ideas, which has let me grow and mature as a person.
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The good qualities of merced are slowly decaying due to the unresolved crime, drug, and homeless issues that are slowly creeping into the heart of this town. The new buildings and renovations that have been ongoing for the past year cannot cover up the obvious issues that are still plaguing the town, making it a difficult and unsafe place to live. UC Merced was undeniably the only shining bit of light to be casted down upon this darkening city/. However, as new students travel far and wide to attend this school, Merced remains to be a place that only continues to worsen in terms of safety and the enjoyment of living here.
I haved lived in Merced for 17 years and this town has had many drastic changes. Years ago, I would not have been scared to leave my house on a bike in broad daylight. As for now, leaving my home during the day and night alone is not safe. Throughout the years, Merced has a crime rate of 40 per one thousand residents. Therefore, Merced has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes. Due to the newest development of UC Merced, this town has become overpopulated and is under renovation to turn into a "college town". Although newest creation may seem aesthetically pleasing, Merced is in need of a change and a larger police force to ensure the safety of its residents.