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.

Monterey is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Monterey enrolled in college, Monterey has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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.

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.

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.

Monterey is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 49.53% of adults in Monterey have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.

In addition, Monterey has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (16.77%).

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