Merced County, CA Demographics

The total population of Merced County is estimated to be 282,290 with 143,519 males (50.84%) and 138,771 females (49.16%). There are 4,748 less females than males in Merced County.
The median household income in Merced County was $63,624 in 2021, which marked an a decrease of 206(0.32%) from $63,830 in 2020. This income is 85.28% of the U.S. median household income of $74,606 (all incomes in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars).
Per the latest American Community Survey by the Census Bureau, Merced County sees its highest median household income among householders in the age group of 45 to 64 years old, at $80,876. Overall, the median household income for the county of Merced County stands at $66,164.
In Merced County, the median income for all workers aged 15 years and older, regardless of work hours, was $41,741 for males and $23,686 for females. However, when specifically considering full-time, year-round workers within the same age group, the median income was $53,964 for males and $45,014 for females.
In Merced County, the demographic landscape is diverse, spanning 7 distinct racial categories among households. Among these, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander households have the highest median household income at $165,022, while Some Other Race households represent the opposite end with the lowest median household income of $60,641.
In 2022, the population of Merced County was 290,014, a 1.95% increase year-by-year from 2021. Previously, in 2021, Merced County's population was 284,458, an increase of 0.94% compared to a population of 281,814 in 2020.
The median age in Merced County, CA is 31.3, as per 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates. Of the total population, 24.46% were under the age of 15, 23.74% aged 15 to 29, 40.70% aged 30 to 64, 9.90% aged 65 to 84, and 1.20% were 85 years of age and older.
Racial distribution of Merced County population: 46.17% are White, 2.89% are Black or African American, 1.17% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 7.50% are Asian, 0.29% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 33.67% are some other race and 8.31% are multiracial.