Carmel-by-the-Sea, California 

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-19.2% since 2000

Unemployment Rate


Cost of Living

276.4 / 100

Median Home Price


Median Income


Comfort Index (Climate)

9.1 / 7.5

summer / winter

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Best Places to Live in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Living in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA is like living in paradise. With its beautiful white sand beaches, stunning ocean views, and colorful gardens, it's easy to see why so many people are drawn to this picturesque city. Its unique shops, restaurants and galleries provide visitors with a unique shopping experience while its numerous parks and trails offer plenty of outdoor activities for all ages. The climate is mild year round, making it the perfect spot for vacationers or those looking for a permanent home. The quaint downtown area of Carmel-by-the-Sea provides a relaxed atmosphere that makes it one of the most desirable places to live on the Central Coast. Beach town/Small city - Northern California, on the south end of Monterey Bay, 110 miles south of San Francisco.
State: California
County: Monterey County
Metro Area: Salinas Metro Area
City: Carmel-by-the-Sea
Zip Codes: 93923 93921
Cost of Living: 176.4% higher
Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 267 ft above sea level

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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.


The unemployment rate in Carmel-by-the-Sea is 10.4% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Carmel-by-the-Sea jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Carmel-by-the-Sea's cost of living is 176.4% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Carmel-by-the-Sea's Cost of Living

September, August and July are the most pleasant months in Carmel-by-the-Sea, while January and December are the least comfortable months. Today's Weather | Climate Averages

In the last Presidential election, Monterey county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 69.5% to 28.2%. More Voting Stats

Carmel-by-the-Sea's population is 3,296 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 4.1%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 22.5 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Carmel-by-the-Sea is . Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 7.8%.

Carmel-by-the-Sea public schools spend $19,625 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 18.2 students per teacher in Carmel-by-the-Sea. More Education

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Housing Market in Carmel-by-the-Sea

It's a good time to buy in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Home Appreciation is up 7.8% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Carmel-by-the-Sea is .

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more shopping center than a town - 7/24/2009
carmel has about 60 vacation homes and a dense cottage-y downtown. basically it is a tourist trap cental business district and a bunch of vacation rental homes. the... Read More

Liberals - 10/12/2008
Liberals have run me out of town. The political is so overwhelming I am looking to relocate. However, if you are an aging hippie with a great deal of money you will be... Read More

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