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a terrible place to live - 11/2/2005
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mike
Minneapolis, MN

Moved here from Minnesota right before winter started and HATED EVERY minute of the 6 long months I lived here.
Major meth town, and I can almost understand why.
There are no decent places to eat, to shop.
It smells really bad in the winter.
It seemed obvious that all of the smart, talented people leave for SF or LA.
Unless you're a dumb god fearing right winger who loves the smell of pollution don't move here!

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nobody
Merced, CA

I have hated a few places - 1/14/2014

It usually comes down to frustration over an endless horizon of buildings and traffic, crowds of people and feeling isolated in the thick of it all. This is most places. "I can't wait to leave this **** hole," I always say yet in the end I grew to love them. I do appreciate the local countryside of Merced, in spite of the growth and expansion that took place. I grew up here. It holds memories of a period in my early adult life when I often felt hopeless and stuck, yet became very hopeful to leave. I was going somewhere then, and I did. This was 7 years ago, and returning with a leg-up in the world I often feel like I'm right back where I started. Jobless, hopeless and stuck. Attending Merced College where I get the feeling few actually attend to graduate. Looking around it's not very inspiring for someone wanting to explore a new beginning or to get a fresh start. The face of this city isn't as I remember - every where you go, it's down and out and people struggling. If you are searching for a way out of here and find one, it's a mistake to ever come back.

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Niggles
Merced, CA

Merced is a black hole of badness - 9/19/2013

Merced, A city where most adults ride old bicycles not to stay in shape or save money, but because their drivers license were taken away. Crime. Drive around Merced around 3:00AM and you will find MORE people on the street than during the day. What are they doing...Crime. What sound do you hear constantly if you live in Merced. Sirens, sirens, sirens.... Police, Ambulance, Fire....never stops. Hospitals? Emergency rooms are full of people wanting drugs or on drugs and nobody has insurance...so you pay. Drugs? 70% of people under 50 are on drugs. Meth is king in Merced. Business? Recycling center where drug addicts bring cans and other stolen stuff to get money to buy more drugs. Ambulances service is always busy. It is the "Taxi" service in Merced. People call 911, and get a ride across town. Really! If there was a documentary on Merced, no one would believe it. It is just to terrible for a sensible person to believe. Unfortunately, it is real. The black hole...

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laura
Long Beach, CA

Merced - 1/6/2013

Merced is a toilet & smells like one. Even the COPS don't obey the laws of traffic & are too lazy & lackadaisical to do their jobs. More bums/trampas than Los Angeles, terrible roads, Gas prices are higher here than Los Angeles, litter everywhere and skilled office workers if you're White, you'll never get a job here. Got 'stuck' here a little while & so glad to leave!!!

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SV
Merced, CA

The Good and Bad of Merced - 6/10/2012

I have lived here in Merced for my entire life of 31 years and it certainly has changed over the years. Our city was listed in Forbes for being one of the most miserable cities to reside in; this has some truth to it, but to an extent. Like any city, there's good and bad everywhere. There certainly are neighborhoods that are crime and gang-ridden. But then we also have very lovely, quiet, middle-class neighborhoods, such as the area near Lake Yosemite, Bear Creek, East 21st Street, and rural areas of Merced, that are very pleasant to live. I would highly recommend buying/renting in those areas if you are planning to move here. There's a mixture of cultures here, but it's predominately Hispanic. Unemployment is high, and the jobs that are available are mostly in the health-care (LVN, CNA, Dental/Medical Assistant), retail, fast-food, and blue-collar industry. We have a University of California here, but unfortunately there aren't any jobs for these graduates, and so they end up moving elsewhere.

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Devin
Merced, CA

The worst city in the USA - 5/8/2012

Merdead, CA is the worst city in the USA. Let me get into detail: - The worst unemployment rate in the nation - The highest illegal immigration rate in the nation - The highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation - Even with the two colleges, the "dumbest" city in the nation - Nothing to do for fun and nowhere to shop - Litter on every street - Murders every day - Bad traffic - More expensive than SF and LA combined - More McDonald's fast food restaurants than you can shake a stick at - Public works fines you for garbage in the recyclable (blue) can while they have no way of knowing you did it. This has already happened to me. That alone should say enough. I want to move to Atwater (two bowling alleys, better shopping, crime rate is a lot lower, more job opportunities, better restaurants, and everything else beyond imaginable), but I can't because this dump ran me bankrupt. I'm ashamed to even say I've set foot in this trash heap.

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Devin
Merced, CA

Yeah, I said it. I love Merced. - 3/14/2012

Merced is located in central California in the San Joaquin Valley, about 280 miles north of L.A. and 130 miles south of San Francisco. Sure, you could live the good life in those two places, but if what you want is a smaller, less-populated city, Merced is the place for you. It's small-town living in a medium-sized city. If you're small-town folk, in central Merced, you have some small, family-owned drugstores, just like in a small town (like Snelling). If you're big-city folk, the north side of town has everything you need, but don't even bother going in the mall (boring, outdated, etc.). For a shopping mall, I'd go to Modesto (about 45 minutes north of Merced). Downtown Merced is very beautiful, and it features a newly-renovated theater, two pool halls, an ice cream shop, and more. Don't let anybody tell you that Merced is boring. Downtown Merced has two pool halls, two theaters only one block away from each other, a nickel arcade on the north side of town, and Applegate Zoo on R Street. If you're looking to knock down some pins, in nearby Atwater (7 miles north of Merced), you have Castle Lanes, the closest bowling alley to Merced. For restaurants, you have Pizza Villa (the best pizza in Merced, possibly the world), Toni's Courtyard Cafe, IHOP, Denny's, and more. They're all pretty good places. Besides, Merced has an In-N-Out Burger. Any city that has an In-N-Out is worth living in. The crime rate is high, but the police always do a good job of stopping it right after it happens. Either way, if you want to move here, I'd advise investing in a police scanner (even one of the cheap ones will pick up what Merced police are saying). You'll know about the crime around you, and how to stay away from it. The only problem that I see with Merced is the south side of town (anywhere south of 13th Street). Out of the whole city, that's the worst area to live in (crime). I currently live in the northwest part of town, and it has crime, too, but not nearly as much as the area mentioned above.

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Mary Jane
Merced, CA

The best place....near hell. - 4/24/2011

OK, Merced isn't the worst place to live but consider these factors: 1. Weather.It can get as hot as 110F and as cold as 30F during the years I lived in Merced. 2. Gardening. Digging a hole in the ground can be back breaking because most of Merced's soil isn't soil but clay! Yes, it's hard as rocks and you would need to soak the ground for days before digging or use a jackhammer to do the work. 3. Education. Quality high schools do not exist in Merced. Most - if any - people who move to Merced with children eventually find themselves frustrated with poor quality of schools. That's if they care about quality education for their kids. 4. Social value. Merced has one of the highest crime rates in the nation. Many are either on drugs, don't speak English, or both. There's a growing and overwhelming Hispanic (Mexican) population in Merced. 5. Culture. There isn't much. No symphony. No decent cafe. No art gallery. No museum worthwhile to spend your time. But you'll get free Mexican music from boomboxes driving around your neighborhood. But Merced isn't all that bad. You can think of it this way: if you are going to head to hell, Merced is a good gateway.

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mark
Merced, CA

Check merced Ca out... disregard all the negative - 1/25/2011

merced california is a beatiful [place to live....i have lived hear all my life...i currently resideon the island of kauai hawaii.. and i can verify to you misguided people that merced california is a great place to live... the only place i would never recommend is the west also known as the south side of merced... which is heavily populated by hispanics and asians.. but if you can tolerate either than great place to live usuallt criminals wont attack neighborhoods on the southside.. i have lived hear 15 years not a year or two like the rest of the people judging my town and i have seen it all just like any other town in the united states.. you have your good and your bad.. Merced is nothing like real threatening citys like oakland, compton, richmond va, richmond ca, baltimore, memphis, hollywood florida, east L.A i can keep on going ... our town is nothing like these town we have typical crime.. the best advice is not to move to the west side or also known as southside.. their is plenty of opportunity to open to cultural differences.. i suggest this city to non racist folks... liberal free minds.. its what thiscountry is about... right?? land of the free?? or not? footnote-visit merced i lived their and i have no major complaints..i turned out fine.. i live on kauai hawaii and i turned out fine.. thank you for your time----Martin B

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Gary
Merced, CA

Poor Quality of Life - 5/15/2010

Merced use to be a decent city when I was growing up here. It is now a gang infested disgusting city to be stuck in. Gangs shoot right into crowds of people that have nothing to do with a gang but just do it for some reason. Moving away is not as easy as some may think especially when a person has a lot of ties in a particular place like I do. Graffiti is rampant, but the city does it's best to eradicate the graffiti when it is done. I must say the city is doing a good job of painting over the graffiti as soon as it happens, usually. After may years of neglect, Merced City is finally starting to repair some of the very very bad streets. Traffic is very bad in downtown Merced areas especially around noon and from 3-6pm. Don't move here if you can help it.

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Gary
Merced, CA

A Terrible Town To Live In! - 4/18/2010

Merced, CA is quite possibly the worse possible city in all of California if not for sure Central CA. Modesto, CA was voted as the worst city in CA by one magazine I can't remember the name of. Merced, CA has none of the likeable amenities like Modesto, CA with so many unlikeableness to boot. Gang crimes are the worse in the nation per capita, teen pregnancies are the worse in the nation, unemployment must be about the worst in the nation and is the worst in Central CA for sure at 21.97% as of this writing. The streets are out of a city that doesn't take care of anything but the city top brass pet projects that do not matter. The city spends millions on a multi level parking garage above and across the street from city hall spending millions while the city streets are in terrible despairingly bad condition. Graffiti is a norm in this city and in the county. You go into stores that you think you are in third world nation with all the Spanish being spoken out loud because the people are either to unintelligent to learn English or just to lazy. I like Mexicans that are respectful of other people and speak English and train their children not to run amuck in stores tearing the store up and dropping things not where they found them and the parents just look at them and say nothing as parents should. This is normal here in Merced, CA where whites are a minority. The roads have debris all in the gutters and on the sides of all outer roads and papers and trash everywhere. This is a town like nowhere I have seen not even in towns close to Merced. I just have to speak up about my disgust about this city.

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Gary
Merced, CA

A Terrible Town To Live In! - 4/17/2010

Merced, CA is quite possibly the worse possible city in all of California if not for sure Central CA. Modesto, CA was voted as the worst city in CA by one magazine I can't remember the name of. Merced, CA has none of the likeable amenities like Modesto, CA with so many unlikeableness to boot. Gang crimes are the worse in the nation per capita, teen pregnancies are the worse in the nation, unemployment must be about the worst in the nation and is the worst in Central CA for sure at 21.97% as of this writing. The streets are out of a city that doesn't take care of anything but the city top brass pet projects that do not matter. The city spends millions on a multi level parking garage above and across the street from city hall spending millions while the city streets are in terrible despairingly bad condition. Graffiti is a norm in this city and in the county. You go into stores that you think you are in third world nation with all the Spanish being spoken out loud because the people are either to unintelligent to learn English or just to lazy. I like Mexicans that are respectful of other people and speak English and train their children not to run amuck in stores tearing the store up and dropping things not where they found them and the parents just look at them and say nothing as parents should. This is normal here in Merced, CA where whites are a minority. The roads have debris all in the gutters and on the sides of all outer roads and papers and trash everywhere. This is a town like nowhere I have seen not even in towns close to Merced. I just have to speak up about my disgust about this city.

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Gary
Merced, CA

A Terrible Place to have to live - 4/17/2010

Merced, CA is quite possibly the worse possible city in all of California if not for sure Central CA. Modesto, CA was voted as the worst city in CA by one magazine I can't remember the name of. Merced, CA has none of the likeable amenities like Modesto, CA with so many unlikeableness to boot. Gang crimes are the worse in the nation per capita, teen pregnancies are the worse in the nation, unemployment must be about the worst in the nation and is the worst in Central CA for sure at 21.97% as of this writing. The streets are out of a city that doesn't take care of anything but the city top brass pet projects that do not matter. The city spends millions on a multi level parking garage above and across the street from city hall spending millions while the city streets are in terrible despairingly bad condition. Graffiti is a norm in this city and in the county. You go into stores that you think you are in third world nation with all the Spanish being spoken out loud because the people are either to unintelligent to learn English or just to lazy. I like Mexicans that are respectful of other people and speak English and train their children not to run amuck in stores tearing the store up and dropping things not where they found them and the parents just look at them and say nothing as parents should. This is normal here in Merced, CA where whites are a minority. The roads have debris all in the gutters and on the sides of all outer roads and papers and trash everywhere. This is a town like nowhere I have seen not even in towns close to Merced. I just have to speak up about my disgust about this city.

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Gary
Merced, CA

A Terrible Place to have to live - 4/17/2010

Merced, CA is quite possibly the worse possible city in all of California if not for sure Central CA. Modesto, CA was voted as the worst city in CA by one magazine I can't remember the name of. Merced, CA has none of the likeable amenities like Modesto, CA with so many unlikeableness to boot. Gang crimes are the worse in the nation per capita, teen pregnancies are the worse in the nation, unemployment must be about the worst in the nation and is the worst in Central CA for sure at 21.97% as of this writing. The streets are out of a city that doesn't take care of anything but the city top brass pet projects that do not matter. The city spends millions on a multi level parking garage above and across the street from city hall spending millions while the city streets are in terrible despairingly bad condition. Graffiti is a norm in this city and in the county. You go into stores that you think you are in third world nation with all the Spanish being spoken out loud because the people are either to unintelligent to learn English or just to lazy. I like Mexicans that are respectful of other people and speak English and train their children not to run amuck in stores tearing the store up and dropping things not where they found them and the parents just look at them and say nothing as parents should. This is normal here in Merced, CA where whites are a minority. The roads have debris all in the gutters and on the sides of all outer roads and papers and trash everywhere. This is a town like nowhere I have seen not even in towns close to Merced. I just have to speak up about my disgust about this city.

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Gary
Merced, CA

A Disgusting Town To Live In - 4/17/2010

Merced for so many reasons is such a depressing and low down place to have to live. Be warned if you don't live here that for years Merced, CA has only become worse and worse. Gang crime is the worst in the nation, teen pregnancy is the worst in the nation, unemployment is the worst in Central California at 21.97% as of this writing, graffiti is done overnight over and over even when the tasks forces try to keep up with it, the streets are terrible and are bad on the vehicle you drive over them with, stores you go in like Wal-Mart are a Spanish speaking nightmare everywhere in the store you constantly hear this disgusting language being spoken by those that won't learn English, on weekends in the Merced Mall the whole mall looks like inhabitants from a third world nation, the City of Merced builds pet projects that they want for themselves that cost millions when the city streets are at the point of total despair.This city is not a place for people seeking some semblance of a quality of life!

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Jerry
Merced, CA

Very POOR Quality of life - 4/14/2010

Merced is very very likely to be one of the VERY MOST UN-DESIRABLE cities in the whole country. If a person has an I.Q. of 50 or greater would know that this city is not a good place to be stuck in. The town is a joke. Grafitti everywhere, the streets are probably the worst in the nation, unemployment is about the worst in the nation, teen pregnancy is the worst in the nation, the city is run by people that get anything they can from you in a fee or tax, the air smells like manure in and around town, gang crime is the worse per capita in THE NATION. Housing has crashed but is sill not bottomed. People that move here and say that it is nice here are morons or just not aware of reality and what a city should be. DESPICABLE is my best thought about Merced!

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Jerry
Merced, CA

Merced the Pit of Treachery - 4/13/2010

Like so many negative comments about Merced, CA I have to chime in to say I agree totally that Merced is a disgusting and terrible city AND county to have to be stuck in. It is hard to move away for most people unless they have no ties here at all. Unemployment is at 19.56% and the housing market is in shambles and will get worse for some time, probably at least until 2012 and longer and then it likely will go flat for years. Crime is getting worse and worse in many categories and gangs seem to be unstoppable by local authorities. Graffiti is very common and the roads are almost getting to be for 4 wheel drive vehicles only. They are starting to work on the roads some after 15 years of complete neglect. If you don't need to move here take this as a friendly warning and just don't even waste your time thinking about it.

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Jerry
Merced, CA

Merced A Disgusting City and County - 4/12/2010

Like another reviewer wrote, Merced is a place of very bad unemployment, gangs, grafitti, very very bad roads, everywhere you go our national language(English) is not being spoken, the foreclosure rate as of this review is increasing still after 4 years and now is at 1 in 5 homes,the standard of living is very very bad, just a junky disgusting city and county to live in. One magazine rated Modesto, CA as the worst city in a certain population range to live in, well Merced, CA should be rated 10 levels below Modesto, the anus of California.

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Angela
Merced, CA

Been here 23 years, can't wait to get out!! - 3/20/2010

Like all places, Merced has good and bad; unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good. Crime is horrible, schools are struggling, little to no entertainment. At a time, Merced was a great small town, but sadly that is no more.

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liz
Atwater, CA

Merced - 2/28/2010

I have lived in Merced off and on for 35 years. I am currently living in Atwater a few miles north of Merced. This county is a horror story. The gangs tag EVERYTHING so that our streets, sidewalks, businesses and highway signs look like a 3rd world country. Welfare is a career choice in this county. High school drop outs and teenage pregnancy is THE NORM and the highest in the country. DO NOT move here. I don't even wear my wedding rings because they will steal them off your hands in the the grocery store parking lot.I no longer go out at night, it's just not safe. Merced and Atwater are breeding pools of Mexican gangs and their numbers have exploded. This county is doomed....I'm taking a loss on my house and moving WAY north out of this state.

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Ang
Merced, CA

Are you thinking about moving here? - 7/13/2009

There are two kinds of people that live here,those who are fat and have a eating disorder from being depressed and bored here,or those who are skinny with no teeth and are addicted to heavy drugs,with a mental disability.I myself is moving soon,I am depressed mostly every day,and getting fat.This is no place to raise children or retire at.

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