Located where California’s Central Valley and the Silicon Valley touch, Merced County offers a range of community settings, ranging from mid-sized urban cites with the amenities of a larger region, to smaller places with a small-town atmosphere. Formed in 1855 and covering an approximate land area of 1,980 square miles, the County derives its name from the Merced River which runs through the area. Between 1841 and 1844, during the period when the area was a territory of independent Mexico, a series of Mexican land grants were made resulting in what became Merced County.
Today, Merced County is home to the cities of Merced, Atwater, Livingston, Los Banos, Gustine and Dos Palos. These are self-governing cities that offer a range of local services. Additionally, there are other vibrant communities in the County – including Delhi, Franklin/Beachwood, Hilmar, Le Grand, Planada, Santa Nella, and Winton.