About this area:
Located in central California, Merced is bordered by Santa Clara County to the northwest, Stanislaus County to the north, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties to the east, Madera and Fresno counties to the south, and San Benito County to the west. More than half of the county’s land is made up of an agriculturally-rich alluvial plain produced by the Chowchilla, San Joaquin, and Merced Rivers. Agriculture is one of the county’s main sources of revenue and, based on production, Merced is the fifth-leading agricultural county in California. Milk and related products from Merced’s commercial dairies generate the greatest amount of revenue. Other crops grown in commercial quantities include poultry, beef, almonds, and tomatoes.