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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 104.30.

  COST OF LIVINGMerced, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  104100
  Grocery  115.4100
  Health  110100
  Housing  91100
  Utilities  107100
  Transportation  113100
  Miscellaneous  106100
No Jobs
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)
Merced, CA
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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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)
The Good and Bad of Merced
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... (read more)
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