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Time Zone: Merced County lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Merced is the Seat for Merced County.

Merced County was founded in 1855 and was created by taking area from MariposaCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Merced had a population of 245,321 people. This is an increase of 16.51% since the last Census (which gave a population of 210,554 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Merced represented 0.62% of the total population of California, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 58 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010255,793+21.49%+4.27% since 2009
2009245,321+16.51%+0.39% since 2008
2008244,356+16.05%+0.52% since 2007
2007243,083+15.45% 
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2000210,554The Last Census

More information can be found on the Merced County Census Page for Merced County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Merced County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Merced County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Merced   76,27363,89319.38% increase  
Los Banos   35,11925,86935.76% increase  
Atwater   26,19823,11313.35% increase  
Livingston   13,36810,47327.64% increase  
Gustine   5,0984,6988.51% increase  

Websites for Merced County

Official Website:   www.co.merced.ca.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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