Growing and changing. Merced is a medium-sized city that experienced a rapid annual growth rate in the early 21st Century.
Annual growth rate 2020-2030: 1.1% County (projected)
Urban center: City residents comprise roughly one-third of the total county population.
Merced is a medium-sized city that has experienced rapid growth in the 21st Century. Historically blue collar, with a strong base in food processing and distribution, that profile is changing. One new factor that could have a transformative effect on the the city's population is UC Merced, which has grown from 0 students in 2003 to approximately 9,000 students in 2021. As the proximity of a major university makes higher education more accessible for Central Valley residents we should expect a rising education attainment rate among our residents.
Race & Ethnic Origins
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2013-2018, Table DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates (April 2020).
Notes: *Race alone or in combination with one or more. **Hispanic or Latino and Race
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 2019-2024, Table DP05: Demographic and Housing Estimates (March 2022).