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Merced, California

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Welcome to Merced ...

The city of Merced is located in Merced County<1> and is the County Seat for Merced County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Merced has a population of 84,678 people<2> (see below for details).

While we don't have a date for the establishment of Merced, you might get a feel for its founding by knowing that they incorporated April 1, 1889.

Merced is 170 feet [52 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Merced lies within the (209) area code.

The ZIP codes for Merced: 95340-95341, 95343-95344, 95348<4>

Websites for Merced ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Merced had an population of 84,678 people. This is an increase of 7.24% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 32.53% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Merced had a population of 78,958 people (or 30.87% of the total population of Merced County). This makes Merced the county's most populous community.

The population of Merced represents 0.21% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 95th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 78,958 people, the population of Merced increased 23.58% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 63,893 people).

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

Communities Also Named Merced ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Merced - it's located in Arkansas.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Merced.

Communities near Merced ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Merced.

  • Atwater [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Atwater
    • Atwater [Merced County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the northwest of Merced
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 30,296 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Atwater
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Atwater<6>
  • Chowchilla [Madera County]
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    • Chowchilla [Madera County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Merced
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,153 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chowchilla
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Chowchilla<6>
  • Livingston [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Livingston
    • Livingston [Merced County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Merced
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,926 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Livingston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Livingston<6>
  • Fluhr [Merced County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fluhr
    • Fluhr [Merced County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Merced
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fluhr
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Tuttle [Merced County]
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      • Tuttle [Merced County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the east of Merced
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tuttle
    • Amsterdam [Merced County]
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      • Amsterdam [Merced County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Merced
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amsterdam
    • The Grove [Merced County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for The Grove
      • The Grove [Merced County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the northwest of Merced
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on The Grove
    • Planada [Merced County]
    • Winton [Merced County]
    • Arundel [Merced County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arundel
      • Arundel [Merced County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Merced
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Arundel have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Merced. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Merced.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Merced.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Merced. Our list includes 19 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Merced.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Merced ...

Looking for more information about Merced? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

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

Adding Merced to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Merced in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Merced was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Merced on our Genealogy Page.

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About Merced County

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The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Merced, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Merced.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Merced - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Merced). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Merced or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Merced includes: 95340, 95343 & 95344.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from MercedOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Merced. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3021, Longitude: -120.4885    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






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