Merced, California

Merced: The most populous city in Merced County, California. It is located on the Merced River in the San Joaquin Valley in central California. Merced is known for its many parks and green spaces, its many historical sites, and its many attractions, such as the Merced County Courthouse and the Merced Museum.


Merced is a city located in the county of Merced in the U.S. state of California. Its population at the 2010 census was 78,958. After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 88,235 inhabitants.

The city was created 134 years ago in 1888.

Merced is located in California’s Central Valley, north of Fresno. It was founded in 1872 and named after the Merced River that runs through it. Merced became a major agricultural hub and railway town in the late 1800s.

Key Facts About Merced

Population: Approximately 83,000 as of 2019

Economy: Major employers in Merced include the University of California Merced, Mercy Medical Center, and the Merced City School District. Agriculture and food processing are also important.

Geography: Merced sits along the San Joaquin River in the fertile San Joaquin Valley. It covers over 23 square miles in area. Summers are hot and dry.

Things to Do in Merced:

Some top attractions and activities in Merced include:

  • UC Merced Campus - New research university with a scenic campus featuring nature trails and gardens.
  • Merced National Wildlife Refuge - Wetlands home to diverse wildlife including migratory birds and bald eagles.
  • Applegate Park Zoo - Small zoo housing rescued native wildlife like black bears, mountain lions, and bobcats.
  • Castle Air Museum - Displays vintage aircrafts and artifacts from the former Castle Air Force Base.
  • Lake Yosemite Regional Park - Offers fishing, swimming, hiking, and water recreation on a large reservoir.

In summary, Merced is a Central Valley community focused on agriculture, nature areas, and the UC Merced campus.

Merced locator map
Location of Merced on California map.

Quick Facts about Merced

Population : 88,235 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : California (United States)
County : Merced County
Different from : Merced River
Postal code : 95340–95344, 95348
Phone Area Codes : 209
Water as percent of area : 0%
Land as percent of area : 100%
Altitude : 171 feet / 52 meters
Capital city : Merced is capital of Merced County
Establishment : January 01, 1889 (134 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Los_Angeles
Local time : 22:48:36 (6th December 2023)
Population growth : 10.51% (2010-2020)
Weather : 43℉ Patchy Fog 7-days weather
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Merced Theatre
Merced Theatre image


Merced is located at 37°18'8"N 120°28'59"W (37.3021600, -120.4829700).

Merced map


Merced forecast: Patchy fog after 9pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. East northeast wind 0 to 5 mph. more

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The population of Merced increased by 10.51% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 78,958 - census
2011 79,705 0.94% estimation process
2012 80,231 0.66% estimation process
2013 80,703 0.58% estimation process
2014 81,120 0.51% estimation process
2015 81,775 0.8% estimation process
2016 82,232 0.56% estimation process
2017 82,589 0.43% estimation process
2018 83,113 0.63% estimation process
2019 83,676 0.67% estimation process
2020 88,235 5.17% estimation process

Merced zip code is 95340. County name: Merced, County fips: 06047

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People born in Merced (62)

People born in Merced, including actress Janet Leigh, basketball player Ray Allen, basketball player Bruce Bowen, .


  • Philip H. Lathrop (American cinematographer) he was born in 22/10/1912
  • Diana Serra Cary (American actress, author, publisher, historian (1918-2020)) she was born in 29/10/1918
  • Steven Stayner (American child kidnapping victim) he was born in 18/04/1965
  • Dennis Cardoza (American politician) he was born in 31/03/1959
  • Cary Stayner (American serial killer) he was born in 13/08/1961
  • Tom Cable (American football player and coach) he was born in 26/11/1964
  • Brian Fuentes (American baseball player) he was born in 09/08/1975
  • Cory Williams (Internet personality) he was born in 05/08/1981
  • Jackie Kong (film director) she was born in 14/06/1954
  • Adam Gray (American politician) he was born in 01/01/2000
  • Doug Fister (American professional baseball player) he was born in 04/02/1984
  • Dusty Ryan (American baseball player) he was born in 02/09/1984
  • John Thomas Howell (American botanist (1903-1994)) he was born in 06/11/1903
  • Marvin Eastman (Kickboxer and mixed martial artist) he was born in 28/06/1969
  • Summer Bartholomew (American actress) she was born in 20/11/1951
  • Dave Fergerson (American basketball player) he was born in 10/03/1978
  • Gerald Madkins (American basketball player-coach) he was born in 18/04/1969
  • Margaret Dingeldein (American water polo player and coach) she was born in 30/05/1980

Schools in Merced

College & universities near Merced, CA

Code Name City ZIP
123350 Sierra College of Beauty Merced (CA) 95340
482060 Milan Institute-Merced Merced (CA) 95340-2626
118718 Merced College Merced (CA) 95348-2898
445188 University of California-Merced Merced (CA) 95343-5603
262369 Adrian's College of Beauty Turlock Turlock (CA) 95380

Stations (27)

Amtrak & bus stations near Merced, CA

Code Name Address Type
MCD Merced station 324 West 24th St RAIL
TRK Denair station 3800 Santa Fe Avenue RAIL
MRM Mariposa, CA Highway 140 and 7th Street BUS
MRP Mariposa, California 5158 State Highway 140 BUS
MDR Madera Avenue 15 1/2 at 29th Road RAIL

Other cities in Merced County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Merced County , CA.

City Name Population Title
Los Banos 40,571 The county seat of Merced County, California.
Atwater 30,296 City in California
Livingston 14,926 City in California
Winton 10,613 City in St.
Gustine 5,709 City in Merced County, California, United States of America
Dos Palos 5,269 City in Merced County, California, United States
Planada 4,584 Census-designated place in California
Le Grand 1,659 City in Merced County, California, United States
South Dos Palos 1,620 Census-designated place in Merced County, California

Distance to Other Cities

Merced distances to largest California cities