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Demographics

 

Merced is a medium sized city that experiences a rapid 3.4% annual growth rate.  Approximately 45% of the Merced County population resides within Merced's urban area.

Demographic Overview 
Current Local Population

Current Merced County Population
80,608 (City Limits) 119,338 (Urban Area

256,778
Average Household Size 3.1
Median Age 28
Owner Occupied Homes 10,637 (42.7%)
Total Housing Units 27,446
 Source:  U.S. Census Bureau; (www.census.gov) , Department of Finance; (www.dof.gov)

 

Historic and Projected Population Estimates
  2000 2010 2015 2020 2025
           
City of Merced 63,893 80,985 89,400 97,700 106,800
Merced County 210,554 258,495 307,300 340,800 377,400
Source:  Merced County Association of Governments

 

Racial and Ethnic Composition of Population, City of Merced
Race/Ethnic Origin Total
Asian 12.6%
Black or African American 6.6%
Hispanic or Latino 49.6%
Milti-race/ Other 1.2%
White 30%
Source: Brown University, (www.s4brown.edu)

 

Educational Attainment of Population over 25 Years of Age 
Years of School Completed Total              
Less than High School 28.7%
High School 26.5%
Some College 19.9%
Associate's Degree 8.2%
Bachelor's Degree 10.2%
Graduate/ Professional 6.6%
Source: www.demographicreports.com  

 

Commute Time in Merced County
Workers Percentage
Less than 5 minutes 13,443 3.8%
5-9 minutes 13,135 14.6%
10-14 minutes 16,727 18.6%
15-19 minutes 13,689 15.2%
20-24 minutes 11,312 12.6%
25-29 minutes 2,296 2.6%
30-34 minutes 9,400 10.5%
35-39 minutes 827 0.9%
40-44 minutes 1,902 2.1%
45-59 minutes 5,629 6.3%
60-89 minutes 5,794 6.5%
90 or more minutes 5,653 6.8%
Total that did not work at home 89,807 100%
Source: Community Economic Development Hot Report (http://smpbff1.dsd.census.gov)    

 

Business Climate

Affordability, a strategic California location, and an available and productive labor force appeal to companies looking at Merced as a home base. Merced offers a welcoming attitude, motivation, flexibility, and a spirit of cooperation. With these characteristics, Merced is a fine place to do business.

Merced is a rapidly growing city that has traditionally relied on its agricultural base, combined with light industry and a role as the regional center for trade and services.  Merced's population is very diverse and one of the youngest in the nation.

UC Merced's presence in the community introduces significant economic opportunity for Merced, as well as the possibility of profound community change.  Merced is well prepared for this change with community planning and infrastructure systems.

The City of Merced team is dedicated to assuring that all incoming business and expansion projects are turned around in a timely manner.  Permits have been turned around in as little as 1 week.

 

Merced Civic Center

 

K-12 Education

Primary and Secondary Education
Merced offers a variety of educational experiences. Kindergarten through 8th grade classes are provided by Merced City School District and Weaver School District, with a combined student population of more than 14,000 students. The Districts' programs are augmented by 5 private elementary schools, offering academic and religious education. Merced has won state recognition for Hoover Middle School. Full programs of sports, music and other activities are offered.

Merced Union High School District is a unified district of high schools within Merced County, including three campuses located in Merced. Golden Valley and Merced High Schools offer complete traditional programs, including advanced placement and honors classes. East Campus provides alternative education. The high schools have complete sports, music and extra-curricular programs, and frequently win honors in these fields.

The Merced County Office of Education provides a continuation high school and special education services.

K-12 Education
Elementary Schools Enrollment Avg. Class Size Test Scores*
Ada Givens Elementary (K-5) 493 21.4 775
Alicia Reyes Elementary
(K-5)
580 23.2 740
Allan Peterson Elementary
(K-5)
752 24.2 854
Charles Wright Elementary
(K-5)
459 22.8 782
Don Stowell Elementary
(K-5)
519 22.5 745
Donn B. Chenowith
Elementary (K-5)
716 31.0 853
Farmdale Elementary (K-5) 850 20.4 790
Franklin Elementary (K-5) 489 21.1 786
Joe Stefani (3-5) 510 23.1 786
John C. Fremont Charter
(K-5)
508 21.1 n/a
John Muir Elementary
(K-5)
491 18.8 788
Leontine Gracey Elementary
(K-5)
 561 22.4 692
Luther Burbank Elementary (K-5) 598 23.0 731
Margaret Sheehy Elementary
(K-5)
508 22.0 771
McSwain Elementary (K-8) 836 23.3 860
Pioneer Elementary (K-5) 903 20.0 823
Plainsburg Union
Elementary (K-8)
114 19.0 842
Middle Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Herbert H. Bruickshank (6-8) 867 25.1 810
Herbert Hoover Middle (6-8) 857 24.1 731
Merced Scholars Charter (6-12) 108 25.4 n/a
Rudolph Rivera Middle (6-8) 898 26.0 759
Tenaya Middle (6-8) 890 25.0 713
Weaver Middle (6-8) 759 21.0 776
High Schools  Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores* 
Golden Valley High (9-12) 2,316 (89.5) 22.4 775
Merced High (9-12) 2,656 (88.6) 24.1 800
Alternative/Special/Adult Education Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Floyd A. Schelby (K-12)
(Special Ed)
63 (n/a) 9 728
Independence High (9-12) (Alt) 215 (39.1) 11.3 520
Merced City School District Communic Day (K-8) (Alt) 19 (n/a) 6.3 n/a
Merced County Juvenile Hall/Community (K-12) (Alt) 114 (28.6) 19.0 n/a
Merced County Special Education (K-12) 526 (n/a) 9.2 717
Sequoia High (9-12) (Alt) 146 (84.5) 8.4 516
Valley Community (K-12) (Alt) 841 22.8 535
Yosemite High (9-12)
(Continuation)
307 (78.6) 11.2 527
Private Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Harvest Christian (PK-12) 40 6.8 n/a
Merced Adventist (4-8) 9 9.0 n/a
Merced Christian (PK-8) 181 12.4 n/a
Merced Montessori (PK-K) 68 1.1 n/a
Our Lady of Mercy (PK-8) 324 26.7 n/a
St. Luke's Episcopal (PK-5) 83 9.0 n/a
St. Paul Lutheran (PK-5) 124 15.8 n/a
Stone Ridge Christian High (9-12) 52 9.6 n/a
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov); Great Schools (www.greatschools.org); 2009-2010 data (September 2011)
*API: The API (Academic Performance Index) ranges between 200 and 1,000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools.

 

Industries
Employment by Sector
Industry Sector Number of Establishments Employment
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing 49 789
Natural Resources and Mining 5 37
Construction 268 1,518
Manufacturing 115 8,678
Wholesale 107 1,781
Retail 865 12,097
Transportation, Communications, Utilities 190 3,614+/-
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 184 1,299
Business and Professional Services 441 2,820+/-
Education and Health Care Services 444 6,162
Total All Industry Sectors (except Government & Non-profit) (1) 2,921 40,447*
Source: US Census Bureau, County Business Patterns 2009 (www.census.gov/econ/cbp/) (September 2011)
(1) Includes non-classified and other establishments (* Total will not add, (+/-) denotes that some employers reported a range of employees)

  

Top Private Sector Companies
Company Product / Service Employment
Mercy Medical Center Merced General medical and surgical hospital 1,100
Quad Graphics Merced Off set printing 611
Fuentes Farms AG Inc. Labor contractors (farm) 500
Costco 142 Warehouse club store 300
Product Development Corp Telemarketing services 250
Save Mart Supermarkets Supermarket, grocery chain 250
Raleys Supermarket 309 Supermarket, grocery chain 245
Home Depot Home improvement center 200
Top 10 Public Sector Companies/Agencies/Organizations
University of California Merced 4 Year University 1,450
Merced College Community college 730
Merced County Human Services Agency Public welfare administration 500
County of Merced Government executive offices 361
Merced North Campus Public elementary and secondary school 300
City of Merced Government executive offices 434
Merced County Marshals Office Sheriff's office 200
Merced County Office of Education Public elementary and seconadary school 175
Golden Valley High School Public elementary and seconadary school 168
Cruickshank Middle School Public elementary school 167
John Muir Elementary School Public elementary school 167
Source: Dun & Bradstreet, ZapData (www.zapdata.com) September 2011 data (September 2011)

 

Workforce

 The City of Merced and its surrounding areas provide an abundant and productive labor force, including both skilled and unskilled workers, at very reasonable wage rates. True to the area’s agricultural roots, these workers tend to be hard working and loyal, resulting in low turnover rates for local employers.  Businesses locating in Merced can reduce the costs of recruiting, screening and training employees by taking advantage of several available programs through WorkNet of Merced County. 

Companies relocating or expanding to Merced have always enjoyed a high applicant to job opening ration. In one case over 3,000 applications were received for a new business hiring 40 positions. Merced is well known for assisting companies with their staffing needs.

Merced County Employment
Civilian Labor Force 104,600
Civilian Employment 86,900
Civilian Unemployment 17,600
Civilian Unemployment Rate 16.9%
State of California Unemployment Rate 10.9%
Source: State of California Employment Development Department, (www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov)

 

Educational Attainment of Population over 25 Years of Age 
Years of School Completed Total              
Less than High School 28.7%
High School 26.5%
Some College 19.9%
Associate's Degree 8.2%
Bachelor's Degree 10.2%
Graduate/ Professional 6.6%
Source: www.demographicreports.com  

Employment Taxes and Mandated Benefits
Tax /Benefit Rate / Basis Administering Agency
Disability Insurance 1.2% of wages up to $86,698 (employee paid via withholding) Employment Development Department
Employment Training Tax 0.1% of first $7,000 payroll per employee Employment Development Department
Unemployment Insurance 1.5% to 6.2% of first $7,000 payroll per employee based on employer's experience; rate for new employer is 3.4% Employment Development Department
Workers' Compensation Based on payroll and occupation Department of Industrial Relations
Family Leave Employees covered by Disability Insurance (see above) are eligible for up to six weeks of paid family leave to care for seriously ill child, spouse, parent or domestic partner, or to bond with a new minor child. Disability Insurance is paid by employees. Employment Development Department
Source: California Employment Development Department, 2011 California Employer's Guide (DE-44), (www.edd.ca.gov/employer.asp) (September 2011)

 

 

Transportation

A choice to locate facilities in California’s Heartland means rapid and cost-effective access to the West’s major markets, via truck, mainline rail, or air service.

Merced has long been a Central California transportation hub. The town was born when the Central Pacific Railroad established a station here in 1871, and rail service still plays an important role in getting goods to market and getting Merced’s citizens where they want to go. With Highway 99 (the Main Street of California) running through the City of Merced, and I-5 on the West side of the county, a substantial portion of all north/south traffic in the state passes through the county.

 Rail Service
The City of Merced sits on the main lines of both the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads. We are within a local dray zone of two major intermodal ramps featuring double-stack service. Container facilities and/or bulk shipping facilities within 100 miles of Merced include the ports of San Francisco, Oakland, and Stockton. The port of Los Angeles-Long Beach is within a 275-mile radius. Additionally, Amtrak provides passenger rail service to the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and Los Angeles.

Airports
Merced Regional Airport currently offers corporate facilities.  Fresno Air Terminal, about an hour to the south, offers more than 90 daily commercial flights via Alaska Airlines, Allegrant Airlines, America West, American, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Horizon Air, Northwest Airlines and United. Four international airports (Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose) are within a two hour drive.

Highways
Our central location in California's Heartland can put your business within overnight truck delivery to just about anywhere in the state. Merced is strategically located at the juncture of three major highways (99, 59, and 140) and is serviced by all major regional and transcontinental LTL common carriers. The area is also serviced by all major California LTL common carriers.

 

 

Utilities

 The City of Merced is well-equipped to provide support services for its expanding business and residential population. City residents have come to expect the high-quality services that contribute to the overall livability of the area.

Power and Natural Gas

The recent deregulation of the electric power industry in California insures that customers have choices, generally resulting in lower rates. Merced has both a major regional provider as well as a locally-owned public utility. Pacific Gas and Electric provides a wide variety of pricing options, competitive industrial rates, financial incentives, economic and financial analysis, and assistance with facility siting. Merced Irrigation District has recently undertaken an initiative to provide low-cost electric power to Merced, particularly industrial and commercial users. PG & E provides natural gas throughout Merced.

Power Providers 
Name/Phone Services

Pacific Gas and Electric 

(209) 726-6141

electric power, natural gas

Merced Irrigation District

1-800-468-4743

electric power

Water and Sewer
All domestic and industrial water is supplied by the City of Merced. The water source is groundwater and the current maximum pumping capacity is 57.6 million gallons per day (MGD). Average demand is 21.5 MGD, so water production capacity is available. The long-term water supply outlook for Merced is excellent with adequate sources available for growth.

The capacity of Merced’s wastewater (sewage) treatment plant is 12 MGD.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant is undergoing an upgrade and will eventually have a capacity of 20 MGD by the time all upgrades are completed. Costs for sewer connections vary, based on the physical installation of pipe and strength of flow.

On July 1, 2010, City Council approved a decrease in sewer rates.  Read more about it here.

 Telecommunications
AT&T serves Merced with a highly sophisticated telecommunications network. State-of-the-art 5ESS switching equipment provides the most modern digital features, including Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) capability for simultaneous voice and data transmission. In addition, Pacific Bell has placed fiber optic facilities in Merced’s downtown business district and other strategic locations to serve the City’s current and future telecommunications needs.

Additionally, US Sprint supplies 100% digital fiber to Merced. Cellular telephone service is provided by AT&T, Verizion, Sprint, etc...

 

 

 

 

Taxes

 

 City of Merced - Tax Profile
Tax Basis Rate Agency
Business License Consumer Price Index or
Gross Receipts 
Flat Rate based on type of business City of Merced Finance Dept.
209-388-7900
Transient Occupancy Taxable rents 10% City of Merced Finance Dept.
209-388-7900
Utility None None City of Merced Finance Dept.
209-388-7900
Property Assessed value 1% County of Merced Assessor's Office
209-385-7631
Source: Merced Finance Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/finance/default.asp),
Merced County Assessor's Office(
www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=59) (October 2011)

State of California - Tax Profile
Tax Basis Rate Agency
Corporate Income and Franchise Tax Net Income apportioned to California Corporate-8.84%
S-Corps-1.5%
Bank/Financial Corp-10.84%
S-Bank/Financial S-Corp-3.5%
Franchise Tax Board
Sales and Use Tax Receipts from sale or lease of taxable items 7.75% Board of Equalization
Personal Income Tax Taxable personal income 1.0% to 9.55% Franchise Tax Board
Unemployment Insurance First $7,000 of wages per employee per year 3.4% to 6.2% Employment Development Department
Workers' Compensation Insurance Payroll and occupation Variable depending on occupation classification Department of Industrial Relations
Disability Insurance First $93,316 of wages 1.2% (paid by employee) Employment Development Department
Employment Training Tax First $7,000 of wages per employee per year 0.1% Employment Development Department
Finished Goods, Raw Material, Inventory Tax None None None
Mineral Severance Tax None None None
Inheritance Tax None None None
Source: California Employment Development Department, 2011 California Employer's Guide (DE-44) (www.edd.ca.gov/employer.asp); California Franchise Tax Board (www.ftb.ca.gov); California Department of Industrial Relations (www.dir.ca.gov/) (October 2011)

 

Risk Management

Crime Rate
Jurisdiction Property Crime Rate per 1,000 Violent Crime Rate per 1,000
City of Merced 14.8 6.3
City of Fresno 22.4 6.1
City of Madera 12.8 7.1
City of Modesto 7.2 6.9
City of Turlock 2.1 6.7
City of Visalia 10.4 4.6
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (www.fbi.gov), 2010 data (October 2011)

The Merced Police Department is a highly trained and professional organization that is dedicated to fighting crime and preserving public safety.  Response time to in-progress calls is 3 minutes on average and response time to non-critical calls is 10 minutes on average.

Police Protection
Provider # Stations Officers per 1,000 Special Units
City of  Merced Police Department
611 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Norm Andrade, Chief
209-385-6913
1 HQ
2 Substations
1.2 Bomb Unit
Domestic
 Violence
 Response 
 Team
K-9 Unit
Bike Patrol
Mounted
 Patrol
SWAT & 
 Technical 
 Negotiations
 Team
Community
 Aides
County of Merced Sheriff
700 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mark Pazin, Sheriff
209-385-7444
HQ 4.4 Dive Team
K-9 Unit
Special
 Enforcement
 Response
 Team
SWAT
Source: Merced Police Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/police/default.asp); Merced County Sheriff's Office (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=87); Officers per 1,000 population data is from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics Police Employees 2010 data (www.fbi.gov), (October 2011)

 The City of Merced is served by five staffed Fire Stations strategically located throughout the community.  Each station has an established geographic response area with an average response time of 4 to 6 minutes.  The department has an Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating of 2.  Supporting this rating are 5 staffed engine companies and 1 staffed truck company.  The Merced Fire Department possesses equipment and training for specialized responses including confined space rescue, trench rescue, emergency medical services, first responder hazardous materials respons and aircraft firefighting.

Fire Protection
Provider # Stations Special Units
City of Merced Fire Department
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mike McLaughlin, Chief
209-385-6891
5 HazMat / 
  Decontamination
Fire Investigation
Fireworks Permitting
Business Inspections
Hazardous Operations
 Permits
Public Education
County of Merced Fire Department
735 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Merced, CA 95341
209-385-7344
1 Emergency Medical /
  Rescue Response
Emergency Services
   Management
Fire Prevention
Fire Protection
Hazardous Material
  Emergency Response
Public Education
  First Aide & CPR
  Flood Control
    Assistance
  Blood Pressure
    Measurement
*Insurance Rating: n/a  
Source: Merced Fire Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/fire/default.asp); Merced County Fire Department (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=70) (October 2011)
*Insurance Rating - ISO (Insurance Services Office) determines the ISO ratings and that information is purchased (by subscription) by insurance offices. Your insurance agent should have current information and provide you with your ISO rating for your particular address.

 

Quality of Life

While the future holds great promise, that future will be built on the solid foundation established by those who have gone before us.  Merced is a wonderful place to live, and the community is committed to preserving our special quality of life.

Merced boasts dozens of tree-shaded parks, miles upon miles of bike paths and plenty of choices for sailing, water skiing and fishing.  Lake Yosemite is a favorite with sailors and windsurfers alike, and its grassy, tree-lined shore makes a perfect setting for a Sunday afternoon picnic.  Or you may prefer to take in a play at Playhouse Merced or stroll through an art exhibit at the Multicultural Art Center in the lovely Downtown. 

Recreation and cultural opportunities certainly contribute to that special quality of life in Merced, but what may be more important is the sense of community that is shared by the people who live here.  Businesses and individuals take pride in their volunteer accomplishments.  Local government is responsive to community needs.

Perhaps it is our agricultural roots, but Merced has maintained a small town environment in an urban setting.  Neighborhoods are still the building blocks of the community.  Wide, tree-lined streets and spacious homes offer a pleasant contrast to the congested residential areas of larger cities.  Neighbors spend time together and watch out for each other.

We invite you to consider investing in Merced.  Affordable land and labor costs, good transportation access, and a location central to major markets should motivate your strategic planners.  Affordable homes, quality education, abundant recreational opportunities and friendly neighbors will motivate your employees.

 

Cost of Living
This index compares the relative cost of living in different locations. Using the United States as the base location (i.e. a value of 100), an index value of 120 means that the cost of living in that particular community is 20 percent higher than in the base location; a value of 94 indicates a more affordable location.
Location Cost of Living Index
City of Merced 103
City of Fresno 109
City of Madera 105
City of Modesto 112
City of Turlock 111
City of Visalia 108
Source: Sperling's BestPlaces (www.bestplaces.net), September 2011 data. The total of all cost of living categories is weighted as follows: 30% housing, 15% groceries, 10% transportation, 6% utilities, 7% health care, and 32% miscellaneous (clothing, services, entertainment); state and local taxes are not included. (October 2011)

 

Climate
January Low/High 36°F / 55°F
July Low/High 26°F / 95°F
Prevailing Windspeed 6 mph/NW
Annual Precipitation 12.4 inches
Elevation (1) 170 feet
Comfort Index (1) 52
Source: (1) Sperling's BestPlaces (www.bestplaces.net); Weather Underground (www.weatherunderground.com)
Note: The Comfort Index measures recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. The Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people. Higher values indicate a more comfortable climate. (October 2011)

 

Crime Rate
Jurisdiction Property Crime Rate per 1,000 Violent Crime Rate per 1,000
City of Merced 14.8 6.3
City of Fresno 22.4 6.1
City of Madera 12.8 7.1
City of Modesto 7.2 6.9
City of Turlock 2.1 6.7
City of Visalia 10.4 4.6
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (www.fbi.gov), 2010 data (October 2011)

  

Police Protection
Provider # Stations Officers per 1,000 Special Units
City of  Merced Police Department
611 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Norm Andrade, Chief
209-385-6913
1 HQ
2 Substations
1.2 Bomb Unit
Domestic
 Violence
 Response 
 Team
K-9 Unit
Bike Patrol
Mounted
 Patrol
SWAT & 
 Technical 
 Negotiations
 Team
Community
 Aides
County of Merced Sheriff
700 W. 22nd Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mark Pazin, Sheriff
209-385-7444
HQ 4.4 Dive Team
K-9 Unit
Special
 Enforcement
 Response
 Team
SWAT
Source: Merced Police Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/police/default.asp); Merced County Sheriff's Office (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=87); Officers per 1,000 population data is from the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics Police Employees 2010 data (www.fbi.gov), (October 2011)

 

Fire Protection
Provider # Stations Special Units
City of Merced Fire Department
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Mike McLaughlin, Chief
209-385-6891
5 HazMat / 
  Decontamination
Fire Investigation
Fireworks Permitting
Business Inspections
Hazardous Operations
 Permits
Public Education
County of Merced Fire Department
735 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Merced, CA 95341
209-385-7344
1 Emergency Medical /
  Rescue Response
Emergency Services
   Management
Fire Prevention
Fire Protection
Hazardous Material
  Emergency Response
Public Education
  First Aide & CPR
  Flood Control
    Assistance
  Blood Pressure
    Measurement
*Insurance Rating: n/a  
Source: Merced Fire Department (www.cityofmerced.org/depts/fire/default.asp); Merced County Fire Department (www.co.merced.ca.us/index.aspx?nid=70) (October 2011)
*Insurance Rating - ISO (Insurance Services Office) determines the ISO ratings and that information is purchased (by subscription) by insurance offices. Your insurance agent should have current information and provide you with your ISO rating for your particular address.

 

Housing Costs
Starter Mid-Level Executive
$64,000 to $85,000 $84,000 to $99,000 $137,000 to $575,000
1 or 2 BR; 1000+ sf; 20+ yrs old 3 or 4 BR; 1200+ sf; 10+ yrs old 4+ BR; 2000+ sf; 5+ yrs old
Source: Merced County Association of Realtors (www.mercedcounty.com) (October 2011) 

 

Rental Housing Costs
Single Family Homes Apartments/Townhouses
$750 to $875 (2-bedroom) $425 to $670 (1-bedroom)
$850 to $1,400 (3-bedroom) $450 to $820 (2-bedroom)
$1,150 to $2,500 (4-bedroom) $825 to $1,100 (3-bedroom)
Source: Gonella Property Management (www.mercedrentalproperties.com) (October 2011) 

 

Median Value of Owner-Occupied Homes
City of Merced State of California United States (2010)
$126,670 $297,060 $179,000
Source: US Census Bureau, American Fact Finder (www.census.gov/) US 2010 data; California Association of Realtors (www.car.org), August 2011 data (September 2011)

 

K-12 Education
Elementary Schools Enrollment Avg. Class Size Test Scores*
Ada Givens Elementary (K-5) 493 21.4 775
Alicia Reyes Elementary
(K-5)
580 23.2 740
Allan Peterson Elementary
(K-5)
752 24.2 854
Charles Wright Elementary
(K-5)
459 22.8 782
Don Stowell Elementary
(K-5)
519 22.5 745
Donn B. Chenowith
Elementary (K-5)
716 31.0 853
Farmdale Elementary (K-5) 850 20.4 790
Franklin Elementary (K-5) 489 21.1 786
Joe Stefani (3-5) 510 23.1 786
John C. Fremont Charter
(K-5)
508 21.1 n/a
John Muir Elementary
(K-5)
491 18.8 788
Leontine Gracey Elementary
(K-5)
 561 22.4 692
Luther Burbank Elementary (K-5) 598 23.0 731
Margaret Sheehy Elementary
(K-5)
508 22.0 771
McSwain Elementary (K-8) 836 23.3 860
Pioneer Elementary (K-5) 903 20.0 823
Plainsburg Union
Elementary (K-8)
114 19.0 842
Middle Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Herbert H. Bruickshank (6-8) 867 25.1 810
Herbert Hoover Middle (6-8) 857 24.1 731
Merced Scholars Charter (6-12) 108 25.4 n/a
Rudolph Rivera Middle (6-8) 898 26.0 759
Tenaya Middle (6-8) 890 25.0 713
Weaver Middle (6-8) 759 21.0 776
High Schools  Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores* 
Golden Valley High (9-12) 2,316 (89.5) 22.4 775
Merced High (9-12) 2,656 (88.6) 24.1 800
Alternative/Special/Adult Education Enrollment / Grad Rate Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Floyd A. Schelby (K-12)
(Special Ed)
63 (n/a) 9 728
Independence High (9-12) (Alt) 215 (39.1) 11.3 520
Merced City School District Communic Day (K-8) (Alt) 19 (n/a) 6.3 n/a
Merced County Juvenile Hall/Community (K-12) (Alt) 114 (28.6) 19.0 n/a
Merced County Special Education (K-12) 526 (n/a) 9.2 717
Sequoia High (9-12) (Alt) 146 (84.5) 8.4 516
Valley Community (K-12) (Alt) 841 22.8 535
Yosemite High (9-12)
(Continuation)
307 (78.6) 11.2 527
Private Schools Enrollment Avg Class Size Test Scores*
Harvest Christian (PK-12) 40 6.8 n/a
Merced Adventist (4-8) 9 9.0 n/a
Merced Christian (PK-8) 181 12.4 n/a
Merced Montessori (PK-K) 68 1.1 n/a
Our Lady of Mercy (PK-8) 324 26.7 n/a
St. Luke's Episcopal (PK-5) 83 9.0 n/a
St. Paul Lutheran (PK-5) 124 15.8 n/a
Stone Ridge Christian High (9-12) 52 9.6 n/a
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov); Great Schools (www.greatschools.org); 2009-2010 data (September 2011)
*API: The API (Academic Performance Index) ranges between 200 and 1,000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools.

 

Healthcare Facilities (sampling)
Name Location/ Distance # Beds Services / Specialties
Mercy Medical Center Merced 333 Mercy Avenue
209-564-5000
Merced
3.3 miles
186 Cardiac, critical care, emergency services, family clinic, home care, laboratory, maternity, outpatient services, radiology, rehabilitation, respiratory, sleep lab, surgical, wound healing and hyperbaric medicine center
Hy-Lond Healthcare Center
3170 M Street
209-723-1056
Merced
1.3 miles
120 Short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing services
Country Villa Merced Behavorial Healthcare Center
1255 B Street
209-723-8814
Merced
1.5 miles
96 Behavorial nursing care facility
Country Villa Merced Heathcare Center
510 W. 26th Street
209-723-2911
Merced
0.7 mile
78 Residential nursing care / rehabilitation facility
Franciscan Convalescent Hospital
3168 M Street
209-722-6231
Merced
1.4 miles
71 Skilled nursing care facility
Country Villa La Sierra Care Center
2424 M Street
209-723-4224
Merced
0.6 mile
68 Residential nursing care / rehabilitation facility
Children's Hospital Central California Merced Center
1190 Olivewood Dr, Ste A
209-726-0199
Merced
1.5 miles
6 Neonatal instensive care unit (satellite office)
Marie Green Center
300 E. 15th Street
209-381-6879
Merced
1.0 miles
n/a Provides inpatient services for Merced County Mental Health. Treatment for individuals needing brief hospitalization as a result of crisis or emergency. Hospital treatment will address acute symptoms in order to assist individual to return to previous level of functioning.
Veteran's Merced Outpatient Clinic
340 E. Yosemite Ave
209-725-8141
Merced
2.3 miles
n/a Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services, domicillary, nursing home and community-based residential care; specialized healthcare for women Veterans, health and rehabilitation programs for homeless Veterans
Blood Source – Merced County
382 Yosemite Avenue
209-724-0428
Merced
2.9 miles
n/a Blood bank services and programs; blood collection, marrow and blood stem cell collection; National Marrow Donor program; specialized testing; volunteer programs; medical consultation; educational resources and Speaker's Bureau
California Home Care & Hospice, Inc.
3381 G Street
209-722-2273
Merced
2.4 miles
n/a Nursing care, physical therapy, medical, social and home health aide services
Cardiovascular Clinic of California
900 W. Olive Ave #D
209-723-2037
Merced
1.1 miles
n/a Sleep associated conditions,  lipids, diabetes, cardiology heart and blood vessels, sleep disorders
Comfort Keepers
478 E. Yosemite Ave, Ste C
209-726-8007
Merced
3.1 miles
n/a In-home care provider
Golden Valley Health Center
847 W. Childs Avenue
209-383-7441
Women's Health
209-383-571
Dental
209-383-5871
Merced
1.2 miles
n/a Comprehensive primary medical services; behavorial health; family practice; ngeriatrics, health education, internal medicine, laboratory, optometry, pediatrics, pharmacy, podiatry, women's health and dental
Merced County Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Services
480 East 13th Street
209-381-6814
Merced
1.5 miles
n/a Mental health services to children, youths, adults and families. Also drug and alcohol services
Merced County Public Health Department
260 E. 15th Street
209-381-1010
Merced
1.2 miles
n/a Services include pregnancy, home visiting, multi-purpose Senior services, transporation, healthcare coverage, family planning, immunizations, nutrition, dental health, vision and hearing screening, teen pregnancy, special healthcare needs and more
Mercy Home Care
2740 M Street
209-384-4820
Merced
0.8 mile
n/a In-home healthcare services & home health aides
Mercy Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine
378 W. Olive Avenue
209-384-5766
Merced
1.2 miles
n/a Occupational physical therapy, certified wound care nurse, critical care, emergency medicine
Park Avenue Physical Therapy
2808 Park Ave #8
209-723-8144
Merced
0.9 mile
n/a Pre and post surgical programs, post mastectomy, orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, manual therapy, industrial injuries
Patients First Medical Center
394 Yosemite Ave #200
209-383-3990
Merced
2.3 miles
n/a Family practice medical clinic
Source: Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce, Business Directory (www.merced-chamber.com); YellowPages.com, Local Guides (www.yellowpages.com), (September 2011)
Note: Distance is measured from Merced City Hall  

  

Culture / Sports / Recreation
Theater and Fine Arts
Merced Agricultural Museum
4498 E. State Hwy 140
209-383-1912
Merced Theater
301 W. Main Street
209-722-3266
(Closed for restoration, reopens 2012)
Merced Arts Council
645 W. Main Street
209-388-1090
Merced College Performing Arts
Community College Dr. S.
209-386-6644
Castle Air Museum
5050 San Fe Drive #7
Atwater, CA (8.7 miles)
209-723-2178
Castle Science & Technology Center
3460 Challenger Way
Atwater, CA (8.7 miles)
209-726-0236
Merced College Art Gallery
3600 M Street
209-384-6064
Playhouse Merced
452 W. Main Street
209-725-8587
Merced Courthouse Museum
21st and N Street
209-723-2401
UC Merced Performing Arts
5200 North Lake Road
209-228-4566
Merced Symphony
645 Main Street
209-383-3277
 
Golf Courses
Merced Golf and Country Club
6333 North Golf Road
209-722-3357
(6 miles) (Private)
Rancho Del Rey Golf Course
5250 Green Sands Avenue
Atwater, CA
209-358-7137
(7.7 miles) (Public)
Pheasant Run Golf Course
19 Clubhouse Drive
Chowchilla, CA
866-475-2525
(18 miles) (Private)
 
Sports Venues and Organizations
Merced Parks & Community Services Department
Youth Sports – 209-385-6978
  *NBA/WNA Youth Basketball League
  *Youth NFL Flag Football League
Merced Youth Baseball Inc. – 209-726-6262 (ages 5-16)
Merced Girls Softball League – 209-722-4866 (ges 4-18)
Cougars Youth Football – 209-725-8409 (ages 8-14)
Merced Youth Soccer Association – 209-384-2417 (ages 6-18)
Merced Atlas Soccer Academy – 209-947-0050 (ages 5-16)
GV Mat Cats – 209-564-7871 (ages 5-16)
*Directly operated by Parks & Community Services Dept.

Adult Sports – 209-385-6978
  Basketball (35 or older)
  Softball (men's, women's. co-ed, industrial)

Leisure Classes – 209-385-6855
  Beginning Ballroom Dancing
  Martial Arts Instruction
  Danzan Ryu Jujutsu (ages 18 & up)
  Hunters Safety Course
  Indoor Youth Soccer – 209-385-6978 (ages 3-4), (Co-ed ages 5-6)

Brenda Athletic Clubs
3360 North State Hwy 59
209-725-8375
Merced Academy of Dance
645 West Main Street
209-388-1888
CrossFit Merced
28 West Main Street
626-513-6780
Merced Gymnastics
443 West 18th Street
209-384-0323
Curves Merced
28 West Olive Avenue
209-722-8738
Merced Mixed Martial Arts Academy
810 West Main Street
209-384-0117
Eastwind Martial Arts Academy
1635 G Street
209-723-1358
Moe's Side Kick Tae Kwon Do
334 West Main Street
209-723-4522
In-Shape City
2951 North G Street
209-723-3377
Roller Land
1445 West 18th Street
209-723-1282
Kiwanis Kiddieland
25th Street
209-723-8307
Tumble Time Gymnastics
140 Macready Drive, Ste A
209-723-8309
Recreational Facilities and Opportunities
Merced Parks & Community Services Department
209-385-6855
Mini Parks
Benjamin Tannager Memorial Park
1301 W. 2nd Street
Black Rascal Creek Bike Way Park
Between Parsons Ave & McKee Rd.
Charles Richard Drew Park
8th & N Street
Dennis Chavez Park
11th & W. Street
Diego Rivera Park
10th & P Street
Fahrens Park Old & Bike Path
Denver Way
Fredrick Douglas Park
8th & V Street
Hansen Park
1357 Hansen Avenue
Neighborhood Park
11th & H Street
Neighborhood Park
East 12th & G Street
Santa Fe Strip Park
Buena Vista
The Love Veasley Family Park
6th & Canal Street
William Lloyd Garrison
South S Street & Home Ave
 
Neighborhood Parks
Ada Givens Park
300 Block of 27th Street
Bernasconi Park
3770 DeSoto Way
Bob Carpenter Park
Selverado & Parsons Ave
Carolo Gabriault Park
1601 Willowbrook Drive
Davenport Park
SW Corner of Dunn & Whitedove
Flanagan Park
Cone Ave & Las Brisas
Gilbert Macias Park
Childs Ave & G Street
Elmer Murchie Park
Bellvue Ranch
Rudolph Joseph Merino Park
Pacific & El Redondo Ave
Stephen Leonard Park
7th & T Street
Stephan Gray Park
NW Bear Creek near Hwy 59
Dwight Amey Park
Brooks Park
South G Street & Gerard Ave
Burbank Park
E. Olive Avenue
Community Parks
Fahrens Park
Between Hwy 59 & R St
Joe Herb Park
2200 Yosemite Parkway
McNamara Park
1040 Canal Street
Rahilliy Park
3400 North Parsons
Bob Hart Square Park
Canal & W. Main Street
Merced Courthouse Park
21st & N Street
Regional Parks
Applegate Park
R & 25th Street
Youth Sports Complex
1800 Bl of Wardrobe Ave
Merced Dog Park
Yosemite & R Street
 
National Parks
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite, CA
209-372-0200 (81 miles)
Movie Theaters
Mainplace Stadium Cinemas
403 W. Main Street
209-725-3456
United Artists Regency 7
635 Fairfield Drive
209-722-3600
Senior Activities
Merced Senior Community Center
755 W. 15th Street
209-385-7550
Senior activities
Other Activities / Attractions / Events
Merced Fruit Barn
4526 E. Highway 140
209-385-2222
Tours
Merced Visitor Services
710 W. 16h Street
209-724-8104
Downtown Walking Tour
Cyberstation (Arcade)
717 Merced Mall
209-725-2904
Clogging Instruction by Althea
463 Weaver Avenue
209-384-2469
Breaktime Billards
1822 Canal Street
209-383-7665
Oh Wow Nickel Arcade
100 W. Olive Avenue
209-383-1880
Merced Poker Room
1445 Marting Luther King Jr. Way
209-722-5050
Poker Flats Casino
1714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
209-383-4817
Source: Merced Parks and Community Services Dept. (http://www.cityofmerced.org/depts/parks
_n_community_services/default.asp
); Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce, Business Directory (http://www.merced-chamber.com); YellowPages.com, Local Directory (www.yellowpages.com) (September 2011)