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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Merced.

This page contains seven sections:

Around Merced ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Modesto. It is located about 36 miles [57 km] to the northwest of Merced. Modesto has a population of 214,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Turlock. It is located about 23 miles [37 km] to the northwest of Merced and has a population of 73,600 people.

For comparison, Merced has a population of 83,100 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Merced and not the distance if driven.<2>

Community   2017
Population
DirectionDistance
Atwater   [Map]   29,397   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Ceres   [Map]   48,697   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Chowchilla   [Map]   18,558   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Firebaugh   [Map]   8,328   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
Kerman   [Map]   14,932   SE   46 miles [74 km]
Livingston   [Map]   14,140   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Los Banos   [Map]   39,183   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Madera   [Map]   65,508   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Mendota   [Map]   11,438   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Newman   [Map]   11,361   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
Oakdale   [Map]   23,150   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Patterson   [Map]   22,124   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Ripon   [Map]   15,677   NW   46 miles [74 km]
Riverbank   [Map]   24,740   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Waterford   [Map]   8,947   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]

Below is a sample of nearby communities:

Community   DirectionDistance
Amsterdam   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Ballico   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Cressey   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Delhi   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
El Nido   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
Fluhr   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
The Grove   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Hornitos   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Le Grand   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
Planada   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
Santa Rita Park   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
Snelling   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
Stevinson   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Tuttle   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Winton   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]

For more communities neighboring Merced, please visit our County-by-County Page for Merced.

Merced County ...

Merced is located in Merced County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Merced County: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Benito, Santa Clara & Stanislaus.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Merced ...

This section has been moved to our Tidbits & Trivia page for Merced.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Merced ...

Looking for more information about Merced? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Merced, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Merced.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Merced.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Merced. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Merced. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of California

    California Tourism
    Parks for California

    Fishing in California
    Hunting in California

TripAdvisor Link for:

    California Statewide Tourism
    Merced Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Page for Merced


National Park Service (NPS) sites in California

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in California

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in California

Airports Near Merced ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Merced.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Merced Muni. (MCE/KMCE)   [Map]   MCE   SW   Less than 2 miles
Castle Airport (ICAO: KMER)   [Map]   MER   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Atwater Muni.   [Map]   ---   WNW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Turlock Muni.    [Map]   O15   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Chowchilla Airport   [Map]   2O6   SE   18 miles [29 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Merced.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Merced. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Fresno Yosemite Intl. (FAT/KFAT)   [Map]   FAT   SE   55 miles [88.5 km]
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl. (SJC/KSJC)   [Map]   SJC   W   79 miles [127.1 km]
Metro Oakland Intl. (OAK/KOAK)   [Map]   OAK   WNW   99 miles [159.3 km]
San Francisco Intl. (SFO/KSFO)   [Map]   SFO   WNW   105 miles [169 km]
Sacramento Intl. (SMF/KSMF)   [Map]   SMF   NNW   113 miles [181.9 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Merced Muni. (MCE/KMCE)   [Map]   MCE   SW   Less than 2 miles
Modesto City - Co. Airport (MOD/KMOD)   [Map]   MOD   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Stockton Metro Airport (SCK/KSCK)   [Map]   SCK   NW   57 miles [91.7 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Castle Airport (ICAO: KMER)   [Map]   MER   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Atwater Muni.   [Map]   ---   WNW   6 miles [9.7 km]
Turlock Muni.    [Map]   O15   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
Chowchilla Airport   [Map]   2O6   SE   18 miles [29 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Fresno Yosemite Intl.   (FAT/KFAT)   [Map]
        Website for Fresno Yosemite International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.   (SJC/KSJC)   [Map]
        Website for Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Visalia Muni.   (VIS/KVIS)   [Map]
        Website for Visalia Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Mammoth Yosemite Airport   (ICAO: KMMH)   [Map]
        Website for Mammoth Yosemite Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Sacramento Mather Airport   (ICAO: KMHR)   [Map]
        Website for Sacramento Mather Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Castle Airport   (ICAO: KMER)   [Map]
        Website for Castle Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Metro Oakland Intl.   (OAK/KOAK)   [Map]
        Website for Metropolitan Oakland International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Madera Muni.   (ICAO: KMAE)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
San Francisco Intl.   (SFO/KSFO)   [Map]
        Website for San Francisco International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Sacramento Intl.   (SMF/KSMF)   [Map]
        Website for Sacramento International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
San Luis County Rgnl.   (ICAO: KSBP)   [Map]
        Website for San Luis County Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Merced Muni.   (MCE/KMCE)   [Map]
        Website for Merced Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Modesto City - Co. Airport   (MOD/KMOD)   [Map]
        Website for Modesto City - County Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Stockton Metro Airport   (SCK/KSCK)   [Map]
        Website for Stockton Metropolitan Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Monterey Peninsula Airport   (MRY/KMRY)   [Map]
        Website for Monterey Peninsula Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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About Merced County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Merced: www.cityofmerced.org/

The official website for Merced County: www.co.merced.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: www.state.ca.us/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Merced.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from Merced. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Merced) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Merced. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Merced

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merced. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3021, Longitude: -120.4885     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Merced), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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