Monterey is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 28,454 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Monterey is the 259th largest community in California.
Monterey home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Monterey real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
11.01% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Monterey. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Accommodation and Education industries respectively employ 14.95% and 14.70% of the civilian workforce.
Of important note, Monterey is also a city of artists. Monterey has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Monterey’s character.
Also of interest is that Monterey has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Monterey is a college town. There are a lot of students in Monterey attending college, and as a result Monterey provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
One of the nice things about Monterey is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
One of the benefits of Monterey is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.73 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Monterey use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Monterey‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The citizens of Monterey are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.53% of adults in Monterey have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Monterey in 2010 was $39,462, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $157,848 for a family of four. However, Monterey contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Monterey is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Monterey home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Monterey residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Monterey also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.89% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monterey include English, Irish, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Monterey's cultural character, accounting for 16.77% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Monterey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.