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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Housing
    D-
  3. Nightlife
    A-
  4. Good for Families
    B-
  5. Diversity
    A
  6. Jobs
    C+
  7. Weather
    A+
  8. Cost of Living
    D-
  9. Health & Fitness
    A
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B+
Monterey County is located in California with a population of 433,212. In Monterey County, 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. The public schools in Monterey County are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$477,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,401
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    49%
  • Own
    51%
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Crime & Safety

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

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%

Working in Monterey County

Monterey County Reviews

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Overall, living in Monterey County has been incredible because everything is so close together and accessible. Being a military family, it is difficult to find a place to truly settle but Monterey County is more than comfortable. Hospitals, gas stations, restaurants, and the beach are no more than five minutes away from our house. Community College is free for residents and is only three minutes away from our home! I am very satisfied with Monterey County and the people here are so accommodating! The food in this area is incredible and you can get anything from incredible sushi to an amazing grilled steak! Having a family in this area is carefree because it is very safe and we never have to worry. I would definitely recommend others to come to visit the area because it is just absolutely gorgeous and an incredible place to spend your off time.
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I love living in Monterey County! I feel that there are so many perks to living in this area with its great restaurants, nearby beaches, and many landmarks. It is one of the best places in California to visit for a family vacation, as there is no shortage of entertainment with unique sights such as whale watching and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My only gripe is that living here is very expensive and it can be difficult to stay on top of payments at times. Finding cheap housing can be quite a challenge. However, if you can afford to live or just visit the area, you won't be disappointed!
Monterey County has two areas in my opinion, the Coastal area and the Valley area. The Coastal area is the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. It is safer, people tend to be wealthier, has better quality schools but the house prices are higher. The Valley area consists of the Salinas Valley. It has more crime and the schools I would think are more lower quality. I do not think there is much of nightlife in any part of Monterey County. The County has a good amount of diversity based on race, mainly whites, Latinos/Hispanics, and Asians. Travel time is usually pretty good, however it may be more harder to get around in Salinas, the major city. The environment in the Coastal area is suitable for healthy living, maybe not as much in the Valley area.