Monterey, California 

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+1.1% since 2000

Unemployment Rate


Cost of Living

174.9 / 100

Median Home Price


Median Income


Comfort Index (Climate)

9.2 / 7.5

summer / winter

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Monterey, CA is an iconic beach city located on the Monterey Peninsula of California's central coast. This picturesque coastal community offers stunning beaches, world-class golf courses, fabulous restaurants and galleries, plus numerous other recreational activities. 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: Monterey
Zip Codes: 93940 93943
Cost of Living: 74.9% 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 Monterey is 3.8% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Positive. Monterey jobs have increased by 1.8%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Monterey's cost of living is 74.9% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Monterey's Cost of Living

August, September and July are the most pleasant months in Monterey, 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

Monterey's population is 30,014 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 3.0%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 15.3 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Monterey is . Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 7.8%.

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. More Education

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Housing Market in Monterey

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

Reviews for Monterey   21 Reviews
Here or Exit California - 1/25/2017
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

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If you're not a millionaire good luck living here - 12/31/2013
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? - 9/13/2012
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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