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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    D+
  12. Commute
    B-
Merkel is a town in Texas with a population of 2,609. Merkel is in Taylor County. Living in Merkel offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Residents of Merkel tend to be conservative. The public schools in Merkel are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$58,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$689
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    192.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    153.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    461.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    384.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Merkel

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$39,583
National
$55,322
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Merkel Reviews

3 reviews
I love Merkel! Such a cute little small town. The downtown area is especially cute, complete with brick roads and a little gazebo. I wish some of the old buildings downtown could be restored and used for something!
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I have just recently moved to Merkel, TX. Is a small town, and definitely has the "small town" feel. Everyone is polite and uses "Yes ma'am/sir" or "No ma'am/sir" when being spoken to. This community watches out for each other. My neighbors came to introduce themselves when we moved in. I had never had such a wonderful experience like this until moving to Merkel, TX.
It'd be much better if the people that grew up here, didn't make the new people such outcasts. It's such a small town that everyone knows everyone and the new people get left out.