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.

Merced is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.50%), sales jobs (10.39%), and teaching (8.57%).

The citizens of Merced are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.47% of adults in Merced have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Merced in 2010 was $17,623, which is low income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $70,492 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 30.78% 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. The greatest number of Merced residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Merced also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 48.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Merced include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Merced has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.41%).

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