Mercedes is a medium-sized city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 16,657 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Mercedes is the 160th largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mercedes is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mercedes is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mercedes who work in office and administrative support (15.27%), teaching (11.92%), and sales jobs (9.78%).
As is often the case in a small city, Mercedes doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In Mercedes, just 12.72% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Mercedes in 2010 was $12,458, which is low income relative to Texas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $49,832 for a family of four. Mercedes also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 42.84% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Mercedes is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Mercedes 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 Mercedes, accounting for 93.57% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Mercedes residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mercedes include Irish, French , English, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Mercedes's cultural character, accounting for 18.09% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Mercedes is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and French.