Merced County, CA

268,672 Population
1,935 square miles 138.9 people per square mile

Census data: ACS 2016 1-year unless noted

 

 People

Percent of State Population
0.7%
was 0.7%
Ranked 25th Highest in CA
Population Density
138.9
US 88.8 people/sq mile
Dependency Ratio
55.4%
was 55.3%
US Population Dependency Ratio is 49.7
Percent Foreign Born
26.4%
was 26.4%
Ranked 9th Highest in CA
Percent Under 18
29.9%
was 29.9%
Ranked 2nd Highest in CA
Percent 65 and Over
10.8%
was 10.8%
Ranked 38th Highest in CA

 Economics

Unemployment Rate
10.2
was 11.4
Ranked 40th Lowest in CA
Percent Living in Poverty
20.3%
was 26.7%
Ranked 34th Lowest in CA
Median Household Income
$44,397
was $41,997
Ranked 34th Highest in CA
Gini Income Distribution
 
49.7
47.6
US Gini Index is 42.0
Number of Businesses per 100,000
1,083
Ranked 56th Highest in CA
Patents per 100,000
4
Ranked 49th Highest in CA

 Safety

Homicides per 100,000
3.7
was 6.5
Ranked 12th Highest in CA
Violent Crimes per 100,000
161.7
was 207.0
Ranked 19th Highest in CA
Property Crimes per 100,000
600.9
was 696.4
Ranked 22nd Highest in CA

 Housing

Total Housing Units
84,432
was 84,338
Ranked 28th Highest in CA
Median Rent
$899
was $874
Ranked 37th Highest in CA
Total Building Permits
154
was 137
 
Occupied Housing Units
77,713
was 79,098
 
Homeownership Rate
52.2%
was 51.2%
Ranked 33rd Highest in CA
Single Family Building Permits
99
was 71
 
Residential Units Per Sq Mile
43.6
was 43.6
Ranked 28th Highest in CA
Rental Vacancy Rate
15.3%
was 11.9%
Ranked 22nd Highest in CA
Multifamily Building Permits
55
was 66
 
Persons Per Dwelling Unit
3.4
was 3.3
Ranked 2nd Highest in CA
Building Permits per 1000 Housing Units
1.8
was 1.6
 
Building Permits per 1000 Residents
0.6
was 0.5
 

 Health

Percent with Insurance Under 18
97.2%
was 97.0%
Ranked 25th Highest in CA
Percent with Insurance 18 to 64
90.6%
Ranked 21st Highest in CA
Percent with Insurance Over 65
99.0%
was 98.2%
Ranked 24th Highest in CA

 Education

Percent with High School Diploma or Higher
67.8%
was 68.2%
Ranked 40th Highest in CA
Percent with Bachelors Degree or Higher
13.5%
was 14.4%
Ranked 38th Highest in CA

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