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Merced, California
Official seal of Merced, California
Seal
Location in the state of California
Location in the state of California
Coordinates: 37°18′22″N 120°28′40″W / 37.30611, -120.47778
Country United States
State California
County Merced
Incorporated 1889
Government
 - Mayor Ellie Wooten
Area
 - Total 19.9 sq mi (51.4 km²)
 - Land 19.9 sq mi (51.4 km²)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km²)  0%
Elevation 171 ft (52 m)
Population (2007)
 - Total 76,313
 - Density 3,216.7/sq mi (1,242.2/km²)
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) Pacific (PDT) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 95340-95344, 95348
Area code(s) 209
FIPS code 06-46898
GNIS feature ID 1659751
Website: http://www.cityofmerced.org/

Merced (pronounced "Mer-SED"), is the county seat of Merced County, California in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California. As of 2007, the city had a total population of 80,806.[1] Incorporated in 1889, Merced is a charter city that operates under a council-manager government. It is named after the Merced River, which flows nearby. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Merced County is a county located in Californias Central Valley, north of Fresno and southeast of San Jose. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... The 209 area code covers Stockton, Merced, Modesto, San Andreas and the Central Valley. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Merced County is a county located in Californias Central Valley, north of Fresno and southeast of San Jose. ... The Central Valley of California The San Joaquin Valley (English pronunciation in IPA: [sæn wɑˈkin]) refers to the area of the Central Valley of California that lies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in Stockton. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Incorporated town. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... The Merced River is in California. ...


Merced, known as the "Gateway to Yosemite", is less than two hours by car from Yosemite National Park to the east and to the west is Monterey Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and miles of beaches. The community is served by the rail passenger service, Amtrak[2], a major airline, through Merced Municipal Airport, and three bus lines. Yosemite Valley with Half Dome in the distance. ... Yosemite redirects here. ... A view of Monterey Bay Monterey Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean, on the coast of California, south of San Francisco. ... This station is located in Merced, California. ... Merced Municipal Airport (IATA: MCE, ICAO: KMCE), also known as Macready Field, is a public airport located southwest of the city of Merced serving Merced County, California. ...


In 2005, the city became home to the tenth University of California campus, University of California, Merced (UCM), the first research university built in the 21st Century. Berkeley Davis Irvine Los Angeles Merced Riverside San Diego Santa Barbara Santa Cruz UC Office of the President in Oakland The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the state of California. ... The University of California, Merced (UC Merced), located in the San Joaquin Valley at Merced, California, is the tenth University of California campus. ... 20XX redirects here. ...

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Transportation

Air

Merced Municipal Airport (IATA: MCE, ICAO: KMCE), also known as Macready Field, is a public airport located southwest of the city of Merced serving Merced County, California. ... Castle Airport (IATA: MER, ICAO: KMER) is a public airport located three miles (4. ... Atwater is a city in Merced County, California, United States. ...

Bus

  • Greyhound serves Merced.
  • The Bus—Merced County Transit, which operates both regularly scheduled fixed route bus service and Dial-A-Ride (demand response) transportation services throughout Merced County.
  • Cattracks is UCM's bus service, which connects students, staff and faculty at the university to off-campus apartments, the off-campus Castle facilities, local amenities, the Amtrak station, and the downtown area.
Major highways near Merced
Major highways near Merced

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Rail

  • Amtrak provides passenger service.

Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ...

Major Roads

State Route 59 is a California state highway that connects State Route 152 to the city of Merced and beyond, ending abruptly at the intersection of County Routes J59 and J16 in Snelling. ... JUNCTION POSTMILE I-5 KER 0. ... State Route 140 is an east-west, two-lane highway in central California, 102 miles (164 km) in length. ...

Geography and geology

Merced is located at 37°18′22″N, 120°28′40″W (37.305977, -120.477916)[3]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.9 square miles (51.4 km²). The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ...


A major groundwater plume containing the contaminant PCE was discovered in Merced in the year 1987.[4] Subsequently drilling of new water wells was severely restricted.[5] Tetrachloroethylene Cl2C=CCl2 is a manufactured chemical compound that is widely used for the dry cleaning of fabrics and for metal-degreasing. ...


Demographics

Historic County Courthouse, now serving as a museum.
Historic County Courthouse, now serving as a museum.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 63,893 people, 20,435 households, and 14,631 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,216.7 people per square mile (1,242.2/km²). There were 21,532 housing units at an average density of 1,084.0/sq mi (418.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.40% White, 6.33% African American, 1.28% Native American, 11.37% Asian (mostly Hmong), 0.21% Pacific Islander, 23.18% from other races, and 5.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 41.36% of the population. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 20,435 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.06 and the average family size was 3.62. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 34.7% under the age of 18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $30,429, and the median income for a family was $32,470. Males had a median income of $31,725 versus $24,492 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,115. About 22.4% of families and 27.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.9% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over... Income, generally defined, is the money that is received as a result of the normal business activities of an individual or a business. ... Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Merced is home to one of the largest concentrations of Laotian Hmong immigrants in the United States, which likely make up the "Asian" and "Other" categories in the 2000 census listed above. It has been reported that by the mid-nineties, one in five residents of Merced was Hmong. Despite many struggles with integration and some local xenophobia, because of the exceptionally high concentration, the Hmong community in Merced has managed to retain a great deal of their traditional culture [7] LAOS redirects here. ... Language(s) Hmong/Mong Religion(s) Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, others The terms Hmong (pronounced ) and Mong () both refer to an Asian ethnic group in the mountainous regions of southern China. ...


In the 2007 version of the book "Cities Ranked & Rated" by authors Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, Merced has been ranked 370th of 373 cities nationwide. The factors that determined the ranking of the cities within the book include the quality of life, cost of living in the area, availability and type of jobs, education, health care, climate, crime, commute times, and leisure activities.[8] However, the entry in the book also states that the town may not stay in this place for long, since the authors stated that "Merced is definitely on an upward path and offers potential not found in other Valley towns. This potential is clearly not shown in today's numbers." [9]


Politics

In the state legislature Merced is located in the 12th Senate District, represented by Republican Jeff Denham, and in the 17th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cathleen Galgiani. Federally, Merced is located in California's 18th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +3[10] and is represented by Democrat Dennis Cardoza. Californias Capitol, where the State Legislature meets California State Assembly chamber California state Senate chamber The California Legislature is the legislative branch of the state government of California. ... California State Senate chamber The California State Senate is the upper house of the California State Legislature. ... GOP redirects here. ... Jeffrey Jeff Denham is a Republican politician serving his second term in the California State Senate. ... The California State Assembly chamber California State Assembly Chamber in the State Capitol The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Cathleen Galgiani has represented Californias 17th Assembly District since December of 2006. ... Map The 18th District is in the northern San Joaquin Valley of California, and includes the cities of Stockton, Modesto, Ceres, Atwater, Merced and Los Banos. ... The Cook Partisan Voting Index indicates how much more Democratic or Republican a district performs compared to the nation as a whole. ... Cardoza (left) meets with a constituent from Patterson, California during a town hall meeting. ...


Community

Merced can be described as a "sleepy town," though the arrival of California's tenth UC campus, UC Merced, is altering the city's image. Current recreation in the town include Applegate Park and zoo, Bear and Black Rascal Creeks and their bike trails, a skate park located in Applegate, a live stage theater downtown, two first run movie theaters, The Mainzer Theater which is known for its historic and architectural value, County Courthouse Museum circa 1889, and the County Library. Though still growing, Merced has several shopping areas including the Merced Mall, anchored by Target, Sears, JCPenney and Mervyns, the Best Buy mall including Barnes & Noble, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, and several restaurants, and Main Street with several restaurants, movie theaters, and bars. Some of the famous former citizens of Merced include Steven Stayner and his infamous brother Cary Stayner. Recently, Merced had two of their athletes appear in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where they received bronze and silver medals. University of California, Merced The University of California, Merced (UC Merced), located in the San Joaquin Valley at Merced, California, is the tenth University of California campus. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the United States retail company. ... Sears, Roebuck and Co. ... J. C. Penney Company, Inc. ... Mervyns is a department store chain based in Hayward, California. ... For the defunct chain of catalog showrooms, see Best Products. ... A typical Barnes & Noble bookstore. ... “Lowes” redirects here. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... Steven Gregory Stayner (April 18, 1965 – September 16, 1989) was an American child who became famous after he was kidnapped as a seven-year-old and held captive by his abductor, only to be reunited with his family seven years later. ... Cary Stayner Cary Stayner is an American serial killer currently on death row for the 1999 murders of four women in Yosemite, California. ...


Also within a short distance from the city limits are the Castle Air Museum, Challenger Learning Center, Castle Science and Technology Museum, Lake Yosemite, and Merced Falls. Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird at Castle Air Museum Castle Air Museum is located in Atwater, California. ...


The city of Merced, along with its surrounding cities are serviced by the Merced Sun-Star. This daily newspaper has a circulation of over 20,000 in the Merced area. The Merced Sun-Star is a daily broadsheet newspaper printed in Merced, California, in the United States. ...

Education

Merced is served by two major public high school campuses, Merced High School and Golden Valley High School, as well as a few smaller campuses offering alternative education. Merced has one community college, Merced College. The University of California, Merced opened in late 2005 immediately outside of the city limits. UC Merced for the 2006 school year currently has an enrollment of about 3,000 students. The city is also served by several private religious and technical schools. The Universitätscampus Wien, Austria ( details) Campus (plural: campuses) is derived from the (identical) Latin word for field or open space. English gets the words camp and campus from this origin. ... The University of California, Merced (UC Merced), located in the San Joaquin Valley at Merced, California, is the tenth University of California campus. ...


Prominent people

Not to be confused with Ray Alan or Allan Ray. ... Bruce Bowen Jr. ... Brian Christopher Fuentes (born August 9, 1975 in Merced, California) is a closer in Major League Baseball who plays for the Colorado Rockies. ... Janet Leigh (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), born Jeanette Helen Morrison, was an American actress. ... Katie Gallagher (born May 28, 1975) is an advertising executive in radio sales from Merced, California, who was the runner-up on the CBS reality television series Survivor: Palau. ... Survivor: Palau is the tenth installment of the reality hit Survivor. ... Steven Gregory Stayner (April 18, 1965 – September 16, 1989) was an American child who became famous after he was kidnapped as a seven-year-old and held captive by his abductor, only to be reunited with his family seven years later. ... Cary Stayner Cary Stayner is an American serial killer currently on death row for the 1999 murders of four women in Yosemite, California. ... Marvin The Beastman Eastman (b. ... This article covers the organization itself. ... Cory Williams (born August 5, 1981), also known as Mr. ...

References and Notes

  1. ^ City of Merced website - About Merced http://www.cityofmerced.org/about/default.asp
  2. ^ Merced's Amtrak station URL: http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Station/Station_Page&cid=1080080552400
  3. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Paul M. Santi1, John E. McCray2 and Jamie L. Martens, Hydrogeology Journal, Issue Volume 14, Numbers 1-2, January, 2006, Springer Berlin /Heidelberg
  5. ^ Environmental Site Assessment for proposed development, Merced, California, Earth Metrics Inc, October 17, 1989
  6. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ Fadiman, Anne. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
  8. ^ Merced Sun Star. New book ranks Merced fourth worst place to live in U.S.. Retrieved on May 14, 2007.
  9. ^ ibid
  10. ^ Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?. Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved on 2007-10-20.
  11. ^ Merced Sun-Star [1]
  12. ^ Merced Sun-Star [2]

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