Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA

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2022 Population
165,360
1.41% 1-year growth
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
31.1
0.647% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
21.2%
5.15% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$62,666
14% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$324,000
18.9% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
61,870
4.47% 1-year growth

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In 2022, Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA had a population of 165k people with a median age of 31.1 and a median household income of $62,666. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA grew from 163,067 to 165,360, a 1.41% increase and its median household income grew from $54,961 to $62,666, a 14% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Other (Hispanic) (35.4%), White (Non-Hispanic) (26%), White (Hispanic) (14.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (8.78%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (7.52%).

49.7% of the households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

86.5% of the residents in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Merced College (2,892 degrees awarded in 2022), University of California-Merced (2,149 degrees), and Milan Institute-Merced (138 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was $324,000, and the homeownership rate was 51.1%.

Most people in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA is home to a population of 165k people, from which 86.5% are citizens. As of 2022, 23.8% of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA residents were born outside of the country (39.4k people).

In 2022, there were 1.36 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (58.5k people) in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43k White (Non-Hispanic) and 23.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Spanish (62,912 households), Hmong (4,761 households), and Punjabi (1,887 households).

Residents by Gender and Age

RACE/ETHNICITY
81,427
Women
49.1%
84,276
Men
50.9%

The resident population of United States in 2022 was 165,703 inhabitants, with 50.9% men, and 49.1% women.

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Citizenship

86.5%
2022 Citizenship
86.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 86.5% of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was 86.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    58.5k ± 2.92k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    43k ± 1.72k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    23.3k ± 2.06k
58%
Hispanic Population
96k people

In 2022, there were 1.36 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (58.5k people) in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43k White (Non-Hispanic) and 23.3k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

58% of the people in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are hispanic (96k people).

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    27,337 ± 3,709 people
  2. Laos
    1,813 ± 1,040 people
  3. India
    1,374 ± 906 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was Mexico, the natal country of 27,337 Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA residents, followed by Laos with 1,813 and India with 1,374.

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Foreign-Born Population

23.8%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
39.4k people
23.4%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
38.2k people

As of 2022, 23.8% of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA residents (39.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was 23.4%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Non-English Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    62,912 households (40.9%)
  2. Hmong
    4,761 households (3.1%)
  3. Punjabi
    1,887 households (1.23%)

49.7% of the households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is higher than the national average of 21.7%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2022, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was Spanish. 40.9% of the households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,050 ± 275
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,259 ± 300
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    680 ± 183

Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.63 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA employs 61.9k people. The largest industries in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Elementary & secondary schools (4,777 people), Restaurants & Food Services (4,512 people), and Construction (4,309 people), and the highest paying industries are Electric power generation, transmission & distribution ($159,093), Offices of dentists ($120,641), and Computer Systems Design ($117,940).

Males in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA have an average income that is 1.18 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,299. The income inequality in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Workforce Diversity

Measure
RACE/ETHNICITY
25,744
Women
43.6%
33,246
Men
56.4%

The workforce of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA in 2020 was 58,990 people, with 43.6% woman, and 56.4% men.

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Occupations

61.9k
2022 Value
4.47%
1 Year growth
± 4.47%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA grew at a rate of 4.47%, from 59.2k employees to 61.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, are Miscellaneous agricultural workers, including animal breeders (4,510 people), Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (2,746 people), and Cashiers (1,552 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

61.9k
2022 Value
4.47%
1 Year growth
± 4.47%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA grew at a rate of 4.47%, from 59.2k employees to 61.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, are Elementary & secondary schools (4,777 people), Restaurants & Food Services (4,512 people), and Construction (4,309 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, though some of these residents may live in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,243
Median earning men ± $1,871
$32,152
Median earning women ± $1,983

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($77,792), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($68,606), and Construction ($51,315).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($65,542), Information ($62,632), and Public Administration ($52,981).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in California went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.07%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA awarded 5,315 degrees. The student population of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 8,791 male students and 10,921 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Hispanic or Latino (3,015 and 59.4%), followed by White (732 and 14.4%), Asian (673 and 13.3%), and Unknown (281 and 5.54%).

The largest universities in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA by number of degrees awarded are Merced College (2,892 and 54.4%), University of California-Merced (2,149 and 40.4%), and Milan Institute-Merced (138 and 2.6%).

The most popular majors in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (812 and 15.3%), General Psychology (509 and 9.58%), and General Biological Sciences (331 and 6.23%).

The median tuition cost in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA for a public four year colleges is $11,564 for in-state students and $41,636 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 89.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 8.94%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 19,712 (44.6% men and 55.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 19,712 students enrolled in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, 44.6% men and 55.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 11,699 records, of which 59.5% were women and 40.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 316 degrees awarded
  2. 219 degrees awarded
  3. 188 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was General Biological Sciences with 316 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,892 degrees awarded
  2. 2,149 degrees awarded
  3. 138 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Merced College with 2,892 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 1,953 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA, which is 0.581 times less than the 3,362 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 3,015 degrees mean that there were 4.12 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 732 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($11,564) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($2,227) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

Measure

In 2022, 2.36% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.73% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (32.2k), Some college (31.9k), and Primary Education (27.5k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was $324,000 in 2022, which is 1.15 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $272,400 to $324,000, a 18.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA is 51.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA have an average commute time of 26.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA is $62,666. In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was Santa Clara County (Southwest)--Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA with a value of $222,873, followed by Santa Clara County (Northwest)--Palo Alto City & Los Altos Hills Town PUMA, CA and Contra Costa County (South)--San Ramon City & Danville Town PUMA, CA, with respective values of $206,924 and $199,849.

Property

$324,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,296
$25,435
Median Property Taxes
±$1,187

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Rent vs Own

51.1%
Homeownership
2022
66.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 51.1% of the housing units in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 49.9%.

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Income by Location

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In 2022, the PUMA with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was Santa Clara County (Southwest)--Cupertino, Saratoga Cities & Los Gatos Town PUMA, CA with a value of $222,873, followed by Santa Clara County (Northwest)--Palo Alto City & Los Altos Hills Town PUMA, CA and Contra Costa County (South)--San Ramon City & Danville Town PUMA, CA, with respective values of $206,924 and $199,849.

The following map shows all of the PUMAs in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$62,666
Median Household Income
± $2,219
49.8k
Number of Households
± 1,802

In 2022, the median household income of the 49.8k households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA grew to $62,666 from the previous year's value of $54,961.

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Wage Distribution

0.443
2022 Wage GINI in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA
0.445
2021 Wage GINI in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA

In 2022, the income inequality in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.614% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.3%)
  2. Carpooled (7.58%)
  3. Other (5.61%)

In 2022, 78.3% of workers in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.58%) and those who used some unspecified means to get work (5.61%).

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Commute Time

26.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA have a shorter commute time (26.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.64% of the workforce in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

21.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA (34.2k out of 161k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA is Hispanic, followed by Other and White.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.2% of the population of Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA has health coverage, with 34.9% on employee plans, 38.6% on Medicaid, 5.88% on Medicare, 10.9% on non-group plans, and 0.855% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in California see 1240 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1254 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 244 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,240 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in California

Primary care physicians in California see an average of 1,240 patients per year. This represents a 1.12% decrease from the previous year (1,254 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.5% under 18 years, 25.5% between 18 and 34 years, 32.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.2% were men and 50.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.82%
Uninsured
34.9%
Employer Coverage
38.6%
Medicaid
5.88%
Medicare
10.9%
Non-Group
0.855%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Merced County (Northeast)--Merced & Atwater Cities PUMA, CA grew by 8.05% from 8.16% to 8.82%.

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