Merkel is located close to the center of Texas. Merkel is between the Taylor, Jones, Nolan county. Merkel has 2.80 square miles of land area and has no water area. As of 2010-2014, the total Merkel population is 2,601, which has shrunk 1.37% since 2000. The population growth rate is much lower than the state average rate of 25.13% and is much lower than the national average rate of 11.61%. Merkel median household income is $36,620 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 25.92% since 2000. The income growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 31.68% and is lower than the national average rate of 27.36%. Merkel median house value is $59,900 in 2010-2014 and has grown by 74.64% since 2000. The house value growth rate is higher than the state average rate of 59.27% and is much higher 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 Merkel is close to the state average in quality. The Merkel area code is 325.