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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A+
  12. Commute
    B+
Monterey County is located in California with a population of 433,168. Living in Monterey County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Monterey County there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Monterey County and residents tend to be liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$441,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,338
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Monterey County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    264.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    150.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    476.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,496.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    501.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%

Working in Monterey County

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$63,249
National
$55,322

Monterey County Reviews

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My experience with Monterey county has always be amazing growing up around here going to the wharf, walking along the beach, and s much more has always been a gift! I could never think about a place as beautiful as here. So much history with John Steinbeck, Cannery Row, and the well esteemed Luguna Seca raceway one of the most prestigious and iconic racetracks in all the world. such an amazing place to be as a family.
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Monterey is one of the most magical places on Earth! We are fortunate enough to house one of the world's greatest aquarium's, which is one of my favorite places to go. They feature various exhibits on diverse species of ocean life and offer incredible educational programs for its' visitors. Monterey is also very special in that everyone that lives here is connected to nature and our mother. All inhabitants realize the importance of protecting our life force and with that comes an extremely strong bond within the community. It is absolutely my favorite place on Earth, and it should be yours too!
Monterey is beautiful. A place of magic.the people are friendly and the climate is mild.no snow in winter and no extreme heat in summer means so pleasant place to be in. The is diversity, crime is low and almost nonexistent. There is rich wildlife in the pine forests.deer, raccoons, squirrels and more. Marine life is simply amazing. Monterey bay sanctuary is home to a variety of species. Whales, sea otters and many others. Come to beautiful Monterey.