Monterey, CA 

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Health in Monterey, CA

Monterey, California is a vibrant coastal city with much to offer. Health and wellness is important in Monterey and the city provides local hospitals and medical facilities for residents. The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is one such facility that offers comprehensive medical services for all ages. The hospital also provides a wide range of specialized treatments, as well as emergency care. In addition to the hospital, there are several other medical facilities in Monterey such as urgent care centers, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, and mental health services. These services are available to everyone living in or visiting the area. The city also has a network of public health departments that focus on disease prevention and promoting healthy lifestyles in the community. With such a broad selection of healthcare options, it's no wonder why Monterey is considered one of the best places to live in California when it comes to health and wellness.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 172 physicians per 100,000 population in Monterey. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Monterey area is 94.5 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

94.5 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Monterey area is 30 (100=best). The US average is 55.

30 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Monterey area is 91 (100=best). The US average is 87.

91 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Monterey commutes 15.3 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Monterey area is 75 (100=best). The US average is 58.

75 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    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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