Merced, CA


Highest Appreciating Merced Neighborhoods Since 2000

Merced, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Merced Housing Market Information

With 82,436 people, 25,330 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $221,444, Merced real estate values are some of the lowest in California, although compared to real estate around the nation, Merced homes are still considered rather expensive.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Merced, accounting for 65.13% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Merced include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 17.15%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 13.15%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 2.43%).

The most prevalent building size and type in Merced are three and four bedroom dwellings, chiefly found in single-family detached homes. The city has a mixture of owners and renters, with 41.12% owning and 58.88% renting.

There is a lot of housing in Merced built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Merced built between 1940-1969 ( 24.02%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 21.94%). There's also some housing in Merced built before 1939 ( 4.88%).

Merced Home Appreciation Rates

Homes have actually lost value in Merced over the last then years, as home values have seen a decline of 34.05% during the ten year period. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout appreciation rate data shows Merced home appreciation rates at 2.86%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.95%.

Appreciation rates are so strong in Merced that despite a nationwide downturn in the housing market, Merced real estate has continued to appreciate in value faster than most communities. Looking at just the latest twelve months, Merced appreciation rates continue to be some of the highest in America, at 9.19%, which is higher than appreciation rates in 91.35% of the cities and towns in the nation. Based on the last twelve months, short-term real estate investors have found good fortune in Merced. Merced appreciation rates in the latest quarter were at 2.86%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 11.95%.

Importantly, NeighborhoodScout’s exclusive research found that Merced's housing market shows one of the <a href="/blog/highest-appreciating-cities">top real estate appreciation rates in the U.S.A.</a> in the latest quarter, which may signal the city’s near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Merced's latest annual appreciation rate is higher than 70% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Merced differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Merced - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Merced real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,365,000 0.6
$1,023,001 - $1,365,000 0.4
$682,001 - $1,023,000 2.2
$546,001 - $682,000 2.3
$410,001 - $546,000 7.5
$273,001 - $410,000 18.5
$136,001 - $273,000 40.2
$69,001 - $136,000 22.2
$0 - $69,000 6.1

Very Low for CA
High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
27.4112270010547 82.6719576719577

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Merced Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
54.78% 2.56% 2 7
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,096 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 41.12
Renters 58.88
Vacant 7.27

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 21.9
1970 - 1999 49.2
1940 - 1969 24.0
1939 or Older 4.9

Types of Homes

Single-Family 65.1
Townhomes 2.4
Small Apt. Buildings 13.2
Apt. Complexes 17.1
Mobile Homes 2.1
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.93
1 Bedroom 9.31
2 Bedrooms 24.90
3 Bedrooms 38.67
4 Bedrooms 21.21
5 or more bedrooms 2.99