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What Bert Has To Say About Salinas Metro Area

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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  • Location: Northern California, on the south end of Monterey Bay, 110 miles south of San Francisco
  • Country: United States
  • State: California
  • County: Monterey County
  • Metro Area: Salinas

Quick Facts About Monterey

    The unemployment rate in Monterey County is 6.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Monterey County jobs have Increased by 2.15 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Monterey County's cost of living is 48.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Monterey County's population is 433,898 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 27.02 percent.
    Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Monterey County is $463,700. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -27.18%.
    Monterey County public schools spend $11,929 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 23.3 students per teacher in Monterey County.

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