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Our cost of living indices are based on a US average of 100. An amount below 100 means Monterey, California is cheaper than the US average. A cost of living index above 100 means Monterey, California is more expensive.

Monterey, California cost of living is 190.60.

Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference.
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  COST OF LIVINGMonterey, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  191100
  Grocery  100.4100
  Health  107100
  Housing  382100
  Utilities  95100
  Transportation  105100
  Miscellaneous  96100

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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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