Nebraska's 494-square-mile Merrick County covers less than one percent of the state's total land area. Of the 93 counties in Nebraska, Merrick County ranks 38th in terms of the size of its population (7,787, according to 2015 Census estimates). Its economy is defined as agricultural, with 492 farms recorded in the county during the 2012 U.S. Census. Recent data from Lands of America calculates the average value of ranches, land, farms and other recreational acreage for sale in Merrick County at $599 per acre. On average, the price of land for sale was $72,500 (the most expensive listing being for $185,000) and the median land-parcel size was 32 acres. Land for sale in Merrick County totaled 363 acres and $217,500 in overall land value, with the city of Clarks featuring the most land for sale in the county. Given its rural location and ecomony, farms and other agricultural acreage are the most common types of land for sale in Merrick County.