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Merkel is a town in Taylor County, in the Abilene metro area.
The latitude of Merkel is 32.470N. The longitude is -100.012W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,870 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 2,637.
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8% of Merkel residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Merkel ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Merkel was $13,292, compared with $21,587 nationally.
11% of Merkel residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Merkel, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $271. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $529.
Taylor County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Merkel political report.
The average commute time for Merkel workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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