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The Town of Merkel had a population of 2,706 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Merkel is located at latitude 32.4697 and longitude -100.0111 in Taylor County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Merkel (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.8 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Taylor County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,870 feet.

The Town of Merkel (GNIS ID: 2412986) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Texas is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Town of Merkel is located within Merkel Division of Taylor County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Merkel population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Merkel, TX Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 2,706
Population in Households 2,668
Population in Familes 2,212
Population in Group Qrtrs 38
Population Density1 968
Diversity Index2 48


Total Households 1,048
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 714
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,197 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 754 (63.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 294 (24.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 149 (12.4%)
Median Home Value $62,749
Average Home Value $101,162


Median Household Income $38,073
Average Household Income $48,528
Per Capita Income $19,313
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.7% 0.86%
Households 0.48% 0.73%
Families 0.76% 0.66%
Median Household Income   -2.33%
Per Capita Income   0.72%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Merkel, TX - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Merkel to the other 1,749 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Texas by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 603 66th
Population Density1 # 746 57th
Diversity Index2 # 918 47th
Median Household Income # 1203 31st
Per Capita Income # 1197 32nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Texas Census Data Comparison Tool.