About Merced County, California

Merced County
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Merced County, California, is located in the northern San Joaquin Valley section of the Central Valley, in the United States. As of the 2024 census, the estimated population was 291,366, with the county seat being Merced. The county is named after the Merced River. The City of Merced is the largest of six incorporated cities, which include Atwater, Livingston, Los Banos, Gustine, and Dos Palos. The county is known for its agricultural-related industries, food processing, retailing, and light manufacturing.

Merced County has an excellent school system, including Merced College and the University of California – Merced. The county is served by the rail passenger service Amtrak, four airports (Merced Regional Airport, Castle Airport, Gustine Airport, and Los Banos Municipal Airport), and “The Bus” for local service in Merced. The county is also home to the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, which features a B-29A Super Fortress exhibit.

The county is known for its agricultural production, with Merced being ranked as the sixth-top producing county in California. In 2019, Merced County generated $3.271 billion in total value of production, with the top five commodities being milk, almonds, cattle, chickens, and sweet potatoes.