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.
The armed forces are a huge part of the life in Monterey, employing 6.67% of the workforce. While it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy, where the Accommodation and Education industries employ 14.11% and 12.99% 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.
Monterey is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.
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 17.71 minutes getting to work every day.
The education level of Monterey ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Monterey, 46.90% 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 $36,812, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $147,248 for a family of four. However, Monterey contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Monterey is a very 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 17.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monterey include Italian, Irish, English, and European.
Monterey also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.75%.
The most common language spoken in Monterey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.