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Cost of Living

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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.

Overall, Monterey, California cost of living is 186.30.

  COST OF LIVINGMonterey, CaliforniaUnited States
  Overall  186100
  Grocery  112.4100
  Health  110100
  Housing  349100
  Utilities  111100
  Transportation  111100
  Miscellaneous  106100


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One of the best Cities we have lived in.
Monterey is one of the best cities that we lived in. Although expensive. The people are friendly and helpful. Great climate all year around, never too hot, never too... (read more)
stay away until september
The fog ...overcast and gloomy temps in the upper 50's from May until late August. Monterey Peninsula/Carmel/Pebble Beach are are consistently gloomy most of the summer.... (read more)
Quality of life
The quality of life in Monterey is all right if you like golf, wine tasting parties, and expensive restaurants. However, for educational and intellectual activities... (read more)
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re: Monterey Peninsula Area - 1/31/2012
Florence, we are two retirees who could be able to purchase a home without a major mortgage hanging over our heads. My question is, if we take housing expenses... (read more)
Not a great place if you're single
Most people here seem to be married and wealthy, or here temporarily for the military. I couldn't think of less desirable area to live for a mid 20's single male. ... (read more)
Monterey Peninsula Area
I have lived here for 9 years and love the clean air and beautiful nature but I don't feel deeply connected to people here. It is a retired, family kinda of environment.... (read more)
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