Merced, CA
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Merced is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of California. With a population of 82,436 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Merced is the 95th largest community in California.

Unlike some cities, Merced isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Merced are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Merced is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Merced who work in office and administrative support (13.42%), sales jobs (9.19%), and teaching (8.53%).

The citizens of Merced are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.94% of adults in Merced have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Merced in 2010 was $17,687, which is lower middle income relative to California, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $70,748 for a family of four. However, Merced contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Merced also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.89% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Merced is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Merced home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Merced, accounting for 50.39% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Merced residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Merced include English, Irish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Merced's cultural character, accounting for 20.95% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Merced is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Miao/Hmong.