Merced Community Information

Whether you're traveling by car, train or plane, the city of Merced is easily accessible. It is one of the main centers of life and activity in the Central Valley of California. Merced is located approximately 110 miles southeast of San Francisco and 310 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Highways 140 and 59 both provide access to Merced, which is located on Highway 99. The Union Pacific and Burlington Northern/ Santa Fe main train lines pass through Merced.

Since its incorporation in 1889, Merced operates under the Council-Manager form of government. Agribusiness and the presence of Castle Air Force Base were the two stimulating forces of economy in the past. Yet over the past 20 years, other diversified forms of industry have developed including printing, fiberglass boat building, warehousing, distribution and packing industries. Castle Air Force Base closed down in 1995, yet the re-use of the former base is actively proceeding. There is a rise in industrial development in the area.

It was in 1995 that Merced was selected to be the location for the next University of California campus. In September of 2005, UC Merced opened with its first 1,000 students. The campus is planning for further development and will eventually accommodate about 25,000 students.

There are many opportunities for business investments and entrepreneurs in Downtown Merced. Downtown Merced is a newly revitalized neighborhood, featuring millions of dollars in new investment over the past decade. Among these investments are the new bank headquarters, an arts center, a “parcade” complex of professional offices, and Mainplace Merced, the $15 million, block-long multiplex movie theatre and retail spaces. A new commercial building, a brewpub, and a University of California headquarters are some of the other investments, along with street and alley improvements.

The area has become the hub of entertainment, shopping and dining for people throughout the region. Most of these visitors are generally considered young and affluent. Downtown is currently going through the biggest boom in interest and activity in years. Scores of new business have recently opened and more are on the way. It offers a charming “outdoor mall” setting designed with both new and classic architecture and tall, graceful trees. The stores in this district generally have a small-town shop feel. It is a wonderful area to enjoy coffeehouses and theaters, fashion shops and furniture stores and almost any type of dining imaginable.

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