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 28,338 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.

9.52% 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 16.29% and 14.38% of the civilian workforce.

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 16.59 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.

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 education level of Monterey ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Monterey, 48.95% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Monterey in 2010 was $37,915, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $151,660 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 17.36% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monterey include Irish, Italian, English, and European.

In addition, Monterey has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.65%).

The most common language spoken in Monterey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.