Small Town Character with Modern Amenities-Summer Creek, Merced
Summer Creek in Merced is located in historic Merced County, a quaint historic town that has grown in size to accommodate approximately 86,750 residents. Residents appreciate the pleasant neighborhoods lined with majestic trees and the friendly, diverse community that makes all visitors feel welcome. Referred to as the “Gateway to Yosemite,” Merced offers an easy commute to Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada mountains, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the beaches of the Pacific Ocean. Merced is easily accessible via Highway 99, the dominant north-south freeway in California, and is served by Highways 140 and 59.
Merced: A Growing Town with Historic Roots
Located in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, Merced is the region’s hub for education, culture, and business. A town that once sustained itself on agribusiness and the presence of Castle Air Force base now boasts of diversified industries such as retail, printing, fiberglass boat building, warehousing and distribution, and packaging.
Merced’s revitalized downtown serves as a local gathering center where residents enjoy modern conveniences and can gather, shop, and dine.
The Merced Multicultural Arts Center
A diverse and supportive community, Merced offers local artists the opportunity to be showcased in exhibits throughout the year. Budding talent can take classes and perform in a variety of theatrical presentations that draw in the community.
Part of Merced’s charm is the presence of two railroads, Union Pacific and Burlington Northern/Santa Fe which pass through the city. Residents can take advantage of the passenger rail service Amtrak, a minor, heavily subsidized airline at Merced Regional Airport, and three bus lines.
The epicenter of Merced is downtown, where residents enjoy boutiques, small cafés, coffee houses, cultural centers and urban parks. Merced is an active town where residents enjoy biking along endless trails, playing and fishing in water streams and lakes, hosting family picnics at the parks, and playing sports at the many athletic fields in town.
Historic Air Force Base
The historic Castle Air Force Base is a former the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command base in Merced that was closed after the Cold War. The facility is now called the Castle Airport Aviation and Development Center and serves as a public airport and training center. Next to it stands the Castle Air Museum which houses historic aircraft.
Merced is home to UC Merced, one of the prestigious UC campuses that offer exceptional public schooling.
Merced appreciates a typical mild Valley climate, where summers are hot, arid and clear and the winters are short, wet, cold, and partly cloudy. Temperatures range from 38°F to 96°F and the area receives approximately 13 inches of rain annually.
Merced Chamber of Commerce
City of Merced
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University of California, Merced
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Mercy Medical Center Merced
Golden Valley Health Center, Merced