Monterey, CA


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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.

Monterey is a military town: the armed forces employs 11.01% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Accommodation and Education are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 14.95% and 14.70% of the civilian workforce respectively.

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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Monterey, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Monterey provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.73 minutes getting to work every day.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Monterey is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Monterey area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

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.