Living in Merced

Merced is conveniently located in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley, within a two-hour drive from the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento, and from the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean and Yosemite National Park. Merced enjoys a low cost of living and an excellent quality of life. The average resident commutes 15 minutes one way to work.

Merced is currently home to 80,500 people, and it retains the charm of a small town. The pedestrian-friendly downtown area boasts brick-paved walking areas, alleys decorated with murals and Italian trellises, a multicultural arts center, a live playhouse and several historically significant buildings.