Regional Distribution Sector

Merced County is strategically located in the center of California and well-connected to other important consumption and production markets and to important logistics hubs such as the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.


With the two prime North-South highway corridors running through Merced County, the location is directly connected to major markets in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego.


  • I-5 – strategic route with direct highway connections to Bay Area in less than an hour (55 miles) and the Los Angeles region in three and a half hours (225 miles)
  • CA-99 – directly connects Merced, Atwater, Livingston, Delhi to Central Valley markets including – to the North: Modesto (25 miles), Stockton (55 miles), Sacramento (100 miles); and to the south Fresno (45 miles), Bakersfield (145 miles)


The Merced area consumption market is fast growing and affluent.

Population Growth Rate Average Income
50 Miles 982,339 7.7% $44,338
75 Miles 5,208,986 10.6% $82,343
100 Miles 10,746,896 11.2% $76,994
300 Miles 33,854,585 8.0% $67,137

Industrial market

  • Food production
  • Industrial machinery manufacturing
  • Boat building


Major industrial sites are available that are designed for regional and super-regional distribution facilities are located along the I-5 Corridor and the CA-99 Corridor. These sites have no-stoplight access to high speed roadways. Both BNSF and UP rail systems run through Merced County.