Merced is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 83,676 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Merced is the 95th largest community in California.
Merced is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Merced is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Merced who work in office and administrative support (10.61%), sales jobs (8.74%), and farm management occupations (7.66%).
In terms of college education, the citizens of Merced rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.48% of adults 25 and older in Merced have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Merced in 2018 was $20,488, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,952 for a family of four. However, Merced contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Merced is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Merced home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Merced, accounting for 55.21% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Merced residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Merced include German, Irish, English, Portuguese, and Italian.
Merced also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.69%.
The most common language spoken in Merced is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.