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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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. 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.

Real Estate

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

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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

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%

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Monterey County Reviews

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Monterey County is beautiful. The public schools are above average, however some academics could be improved. Monterey County is safe, as the cities are not to big and have police stations nearby. Nightlife is excellent in Monterey. The beach, wharf, and downtown areas are always filled with events and activities. The market in the Monterey County for housing is decent and the affordability of the area is a little bit above average but definitely worth it. There is hardly any traffic, except for some times throughout the day. Several jobs are available in the area and diversity is an all high due to the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.
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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.
The weather and the people are nice. However, it lacks many facilities that a city might have, so it's kind of inconvenient sometimes. Also, there isn't a lot of entertainment available(like only one amusement park and not a lot of concerts to go to), so that's a bummer as well. But there are still a lot of good places to eat at, so that's nice. The weather stays constant even throughout seasons, which is something I really enjoyed. The schools here are better compared to the national average, and kids here are fairy smart. Overall, it is a good experience living in Monterey.