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Cost of Living

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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Merced, California is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Merced, California is more expensive.

Overall, Merced, California cost of living is 101.10.

  COST OF LIVINGMerced, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  101100
  Grocery  99.8100
  Health  107100
  Housing  102100
  Utilities  95100
  Transportation  106100
  Miscellaneous  97100

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My father has been on unemployment for months, most of our income is from welfare and unemployment. Recently, he went through a job program at the welfare office- How... (read more)
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When I first arrived in Merced, 8 years ago, I was disappointed in my neighbors. But, they all got foreclosed on and moved. The new neighbors are ALL employed, happy... (read more)
The best place....near hell.
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.... (read more)
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Merced is not a bad place if you could change a fe
I resided in Merced for over 4 decades, basically grew up there and we truly loved the place. However in 2006 we saw a shift in the city and 2 years ago our family moved... (read more)
I have hated a few places
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.... (read more)
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,... (read more)
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