Merced County Profile


 
About this area:
Located in central California, Merced is bordered by Santa Clara County to the northwest, Stanislaus County to the north, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties to the east, Madera and Fresno counties to the south, and San Benito County to the west. More than half of the county’s land is made up of an agriculturally-rich alluvial plain produced by the Chowchilla, San Joaquin, and Merced Rivers. Agriculture is one of the county’s main sources of revenue and, based on production, Merced is the fifth-leading agricultural county in California. Milk and related products from Merced’s commercial dairies generate the greatest amount of revenue. Other crops grown in commercial quantities include poultry, beef, almonds, and tomatoes.
EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES
Unemployment Rate and Labor Force (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Labor Force
No. of
Employed
No. of
Unemployed
Unemployment Rate
Merced County 2023Dec112,700101,20011,50010.2
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Employment by Industry (Not Seasonally Adjusted)[Top]
Year
Time Period
CES
Industry Title
No. of
Employed
2023DecTotal Wage and Salary83,500
2023DecTotal Nonfarm70,800
2023Dec Service-Providing57,500
2023DecTotal Private54,200
2023DecPrivate Service Providing40,900
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Occupations with Fastest Job Growth (% change)[Top]
OccupationEstimated Year -
Projected Year
Employment
Employment Change
Estimated ProjectedNumberPercent
Nurse Practitioners2018 - 202860903050.0
Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistants/Aides2018 - 202840602050.0
Amusement and Recreation Attendants2018 - 20281101605045.5
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors2018 - 20281001404040.0
Civil Engineers2018 - 202850702040.0
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Projections of Employment by Industry
 
High Wage Occupations[Top]
OccupationYearTime PeriodHourly
Mean
Hourly by Percentile
25thMedian75th
Family Medicine Physicians20231st Qtr$119.29$0.00$0.00$0.00
Chief Executives20231st Qtr$111.82$54.83$0.00$0.00
Dentists, General20231st Qtr$79.64$50.64$77.72$0.00
Marketing Managers20231st Qtr$74.62$50.27$66.83$0.00
Financial Managers20231st Qtr$71.08$48.07$61.98$0.00
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Data for Merced County is not available. Data for Merced MSA has been displayed for High Wage Occupations
 

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Building Permits (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Type of Permit
Year
Time Period
No. of Permits
Total Costs
Multi-Family 2022Annual357$56,457,489
Single Family 2022Annual320$93,315,348
Total all types construction permits 2022Annual677$149,772,837
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Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)[Top]
AreaConsumer Price Index % Change
Time Period2022Time Period2021
United States Annual292.7Annual271.08.0
California Annual319.2Annual297.47.3
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Data for Merced County is not available. Data for California has been displayed for Consumer Price Index (US BLS & Calif. DIR)
 
Median Price of Existing Homes Sold[Top]
Year
Time Period
Type
Median Price
2022AnnualMedian Price of Homes Sold$386,190
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State Revenues by Source[Top]
Tax Type Description
Year
Time Period
Tax Revenue
Alcoholic Beverage Taxes and Fees 2021Annual$431,363
Bank and Corporation (Income) Taxes 2021Annual$45,297,548
Cigarette Tax 2021Annual$1,831,959
Horse Racing (Parimutuel) License Fees 2021Annual$19,150
Estate, Inheritance and Gift Taxes 2021Annual$0
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Taxable Sales (Calif. Board of Equalization)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Sales Type Description
Sales
2022AnnualRetail $4,373,998,074
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POPULATION AND CENSUS DATA
Population[Top]
Area
Year
Time Period
Source
Population
Merced County 2021AnnualCalifornia Dept of Finance281,750
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Measures of Income[Top]
Income Type
Year
Time Period
Income
Population
Per Capita Personal Income - BEA2021Annual$46,580281,750
Total Personal Income - BEA2021Annual$13,343,412281,750
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County-to-County Commute Patterns (US Census Bureau)[Top]
Year
Time Period
Area of Residence
Area of WorkPlace
Number of Workers
2020CensusMerced County , CAMerced County , CA71,769
2020CensusMerced County , CAStanislaus County , CA15,377
2020CensusStanislaus County , CAMerced County , CA7,184
2020CensusMerced County , CASanta Clara County , CA5,377
2020CensusMadera County , CAMerced County , CA2,392
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JOB OPENINGS & TRAINING PROVIDERS
Job Openings from JobCentral National Labor Exchange[Top]
 
Job Openings

Training Providers in Area[Top]
Provider Name
Provider Type
Location
Sierra College of BeautyApprenticeship, Business, Career, & Tech SchoolsMerced,CA
Merced Adult SchoolSchools with Occupational Programs (ROP)Merced,CA
Merced CollegeCommunity Colleges (two-year school)Merced,CA
H & R Block Income Tax School - MercedApprenticeship, Business, Career, & Tech SchoolsMerced,CA
Central Valley Opportunity CenterOther (incl. religious schools and seminaries)Winton,CA
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