Merkel, TX Population

Population: 2,637. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,592 (-1.7% change)
Males: 1,236 (46.9%), Females: 1,401 (53.1%)

Taylor County

Zip code: 79536

Median resident age: 36.2 years
Median household income: $29,083
Median house value: $34,300

Races in Merkel:

  • White Non-Hispanic (82.8%)
  • Hispanic (14.2%)
  • Other race (6.3%)
  • Two or more races (2.2%)
  • American Indian (1.5%)
  • Black (1.1%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (21.8%), Irish (9.8%), English (6.8%), German (5.7%), Scotch-Irish (1.3%).

Elevation: 1870 feet

Land area: 2.0 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Merkel

  • High school or higher: 72.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Merkel town

  • Never married: 19.5%
  • Now married: 60.5%
  • Separated: 0.3%
  • Widowed: 8.9%
  • Divorced: 10.8%

3.0% Foreign born (1.8% Latin America, 1.0% Europe).

Population change in the 1990s: +116 (+4.6%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Merkel:

  • ABILENE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL (about 15 miles; ABILENE, TX)
  • ABILENE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 17 miles; ABILENE, TX)
  • ANSON GENERAL HOSPITAL (about 22 miles; ANSON, TX)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Merkel:

  • DYESS AFB (about 12 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: DYS)
  • ABILENE REGIONAL (about 25 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: ABI)
  • SAN ANGELO REGIONAL/MATHIS FIELD (about 84 miles; SAN ANGELO, TX; Abbreviation: SJT)
Other public-use airports nearest to Merkel:

  • ELMDALE AIRPARK (about 26 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: 6F4)
  • HAMLIN MUNI (about 28 miles; HAMLIN, TX; Abbreviation: 14F)
  • AVENGER FIELD (about 31 miles; SWEETWATER, TX; Abbreviation: SWW)
Amtrak station near Merkel:

  • 20 miles: ABILENE (GREYHOUND STA., 535 CEDAR ST.) – Bus Station

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Merkel:

  • ACTION CAREER TRAINING (Location: 273 CR 287; Private, for-profit)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Merkel:

  • HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY (about 20 miles; Abilene, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
  • ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 21 miles; ABILENE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,380)
  • ANGELO STATE UNIVERSITY (about 88 miles; SAN ANGELO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,477)
  • TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 127 miles; STEPHENVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,068)
  • MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 140 miles; WICHITA FALLS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,619)
  • MIDLAND COLLEGE (about 147 miles; MIDLAND, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,800)
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY (about 148 miles; LUBBOCK, TX; Full-time enrollment: 22,439)

Schools

Public high school in Merkel:

  • MERKEL H S (Students: 417; Location: 300 ASH; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Merkel:

  • MERKEL MIDDLE (Students: 327; Location: 300 ASH; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • MERKEL EL (Students: 296; Location: 300 ASH; Grades: PK – 03)
  • TYE EL (Students: 213; Location: 300 ASH; Grades: PK – 05)
  • MERKEL INT (Students: 116; Location: 300 ASH; Grades: 04 – 05)

Libraries

Library in Merkel:

  • MERKEL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $11,658; Location: 100 KENT ST; 9,385 books; 10 audio materials; 19 serial subscriptions)