Introduction to Los Banos, California

Los Banos, California, in Merced county, is 26 miles SW of Merced, California (center to center) and 60 miles E of San Jose, California. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns with which it shares the Merced metropolitan area. 

Los Banos History

Gabriel Moraga, with his troop of Spanish Calvary from the Presidio of San Francisco, came to explore the San Joaquin Valley in 1805 under orders from the Spanish Governor of California. He came upon the City of Los Banos. The region was inhabited by local Native Americans. The next Spanish explorer to come here was Padre Felipe Arroyo de la Cuesta. Henry Miller came to San Joaquin Valley around 1850 and by 1871 he formed the San Joaquin and Kings River Canal and Irrigation Company. Miller made a great effort to get the railroad extended through the West Side and that ultimately decided the location of Los Banos. Agriculture still remains the number one industry in and around Los Banos, mainly due to the early success of Henry Miller.

Los Banos and Nearby Attractions

  • Ag Sports Complex Regional Park.
  • Airport Park.
  • Big Page Park.
  • Catholic Park.
  • Citrus Terrace Park I.
  • City Park.

Things To Do In Los Banos

Los Banos is a place of abundant natural beauty and has many well maintained parks with new playground structures built for children. There are many recreational activities for the people staying in the city. Some of the popular things to do include aikido martial arts, basketball for youth, diving classes, swimming, dog training, pee wee ball, seniors' activities, soccer, softball and summer camps.

Los Banos Transportation

Stockton Metropolitan airport serves the city.

Los Banos Higher Education

The city is served by Merced College.


Total Population 36,847
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 12,893
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.7%
Median Earnings25+ $26,463
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,934
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,650


Median Family Income $45,414
% Above Poverty Level 73.8%
% Below Poverty Level 26.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 42 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 16.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,068
Median House Value $164,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77.5%
US/American 0%
English 3%
Irish 3.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Los Banos Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles SW of Merced, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles E of San Jose, California
County Merced
Metro Area Merced
Standard Zip Codes 93635
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.058
Longitude -120.848

Los Banos Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 55 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 95 F
Oct Temp 51 to 80 F
Annual Precip 9.9 inches
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 8.3 inches
Station TURLOCK #2
Distance 30.6 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atwater 28,858 $46,237
Dos Palos 5,068 $34,334
Gustine 5,656 $46,325
Livingston 13,611 $52,902
Newman 10,667 $50,454

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Los Banos Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(209) 826-0591
Emergency Service: Yes

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Los Banos High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

1966 11TH ST.
Serves 2,055 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

A Non-traditional School
Serves 145 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.8

975 I ST.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6

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Historic Los Banos


Bath house between 1900 and 1920
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