Merced is located close to the center of California. Merced is part of Merced County. Merced has 23.32 square miles of land area and has no water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Merced population is 80,490, which has grown 25.98% since 2000. The population growth rate is much higher than the state average rate of 12.39% and is much higher than the national average rate of 11.61%. Merced median household income is $38,917 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 27.89% since 2000. The income growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 29.47% and is about the same as the national average rate of 27.36%. Merced median house value is $148,100 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 39.19% since 2000. The house value growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 75.60% and is lower than the national average rate of 46.91%. As a reference, the national Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for the same period is 26.63%. On average, the public school district that covers Merced is worse than the state average in quality. The Merced area code is 209.