Cressey (formerly, Cressy) is an unincorporated community in Merced County, California. It is located 6 miles (9.7 km) north-northwest of Atwater, at an elevation of 167 feet (51 m).
Cressey is located in the northern part of Merced County. It is just east of where the Santa Fe railroad crosses the Merced River. Ballico is across the river to the northwest. Livingston is to the southwest, and Winton is southeast of Cressey. The ZIP Code is 95312. The area is inside area code 209.
The Cressy post office opened in 1882, closed in 1883, re-opened in 1909, and changed its name to Cressey in 1912. The town was named by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for Calvin J. Cressey, local landowner.
The Merced Irrigation District provides irrigation water. Ballico and Cressey share an elementary school district. Most Cressey students continue on to Livingston High School in the Merced Union High School District.
In the state legislature Cressey is located in the 12th Senate District, represented by Republican Jeff Denham, and in the 17th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cathleen Galgiani. Federally, Cressey is located in California's 18th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +3 and is represented by Democrat Dennis Cardoza.