Merced (mərsĕdˈ) [key], city (1990 pop. 56,216), seat of Merced co., central Calif.; inc. 1889. It is a growing city and a center for tourism and farm trade in a cotton, fruit, and dairy region. Prefabricated wood buildings and metal products are the chief manufactures. Merced has a large concentration of Hmong immigrants. A campus of the Univ. of California is there, and Yosemite National Park is nearby.