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Agricultural Salinas was dubbed the “salad bowl of the nation” by John Steinbeck because of its lettuce crops. Salinas is affordable and small in comparison to the others, but has the character of a typical California Central Valley town – dry, dusty, functional and with little intellectual stimulation. By contrast, nearby Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove are located on the coastal Monterey Peninsula. Carmel, a noted artist colony and Hollywood refuge, has controlled growth and maintains a charming village character with some exceptional residential properties, while Monterey is a more commercialized setup honoring its fishing village heritage for its many visitors. Pacific Grove, with its assortment of well-built Victorian and Craftsman-era homes, is probably the most livable city on the peninsula.

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Quick Facts About Monterey

    The unemployment rate in Monterey is 4.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Monterey jobs have Increased by 2.16 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Monterey's cost of living is 90.60% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Monterey's population is 28,338 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -11.32 percent.
    Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Monterey is $709,700. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -17.60%.
    Monterey public schools spend $11,359 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 19.5 students per teacher in Monterey.

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Here or Exit California

The Monterey city area is an excellent place to live and one of the few California locales where it's relatively safe to raise a family. If I could no longer live here I... (Read More)



If you're not a millionaire good luck living here

I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and had to leave to climb out of poverty. The median income is $35,000 and outside of the military, the jobs are mostly service... (Read More)



How wealthy are we talking about?

My husband and I are just crazy about Monterey. I wonder if we take housing expenses (mortgage or rent) out of the picture, is Monterey still a very expensive city to... (Read More)



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