Merced is a dynamic community, characterized by its young, diverse and friendly residents. Our neighborhoods offer a pleasant mixture of Victorian era homes with majestic tree lined drives, a vibrant, revitalized downtown and several modern developments. Throughout the day, residents can be found enjoying Merced’s extensive bike trail system, its meandering streams, scenic lake and abundant parks and athletic fields.
Merced’s residents enjoy the benefits of being home to the University of California’s 10th Campus. As the nation’s first research institution built in the 21st Century, the University provides students an opportunity to be pioneers at the newest campus of the venerated University of California.
Serving as the commercial, entertainment, cultural and governmental hub of a wide area, Merced offers amenities typically found in much larger cities. The epicenter of this activity is downtown, where residents enjoy boutiques, small cafés, coffee houses, cultural centers and urban parks. With a rapid 3.4% annual growth rate, Merced continues to maintain its small town character all the while building upon its urban amenities.