Merced County is located in the Central Valley of California. The County Seat is Merced and the largest city is Merced. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.merced.ca.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 266,353 and the 2010 census population was 255,798. The land area is 1,934.97 square miles and there are 132.2 persons per square mile.
81.9% of the population is White, 4.2% is Black or African American, 56.8% is Hispanic or Latino, 8.1% is Asian, 2.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.4% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 3% is two or more races. 66.7% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.6% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $146,400, there are 75,409 households, an average of 3.36 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,177, the median household income is $42,591, and 25.4% of the persons in Merced County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 12,639. Retail sales (in $1000) were $2,001,290, and sales per capita were $8,233. The percentage of black-owned firms is 2.6%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 30.2%.
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