Skip to Main Content
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Carmel-by-the-Sea is a town in California with a population of 3,876. Carmel-by-the-Sea is in Monterey County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Carmel-by-the-Sea offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Carmel-by-the-Sea there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Carmel-by-the-Sea and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Carmel-by-the-Sea are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,290,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,002
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Carmel-by-the-Sea
Get Rates
  • Get pre-approved for a home loan quickly.
  • Easy online application with $0 in lender fees.
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Carmel-by-the-Sea 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    102.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    25.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    25.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    842.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,965.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    25.5
    284
Home Security Options for Carmel-by-the-Sea
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    2%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    37%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$87,532
National
$55,322
Places like Carmel-by-the-Sea
More

Carmel-by-the-Sea Reviews

14 reviews
All Categories
It is home to many retirees and many who live here have lived here for generations. It is super well-known for its distinct fairytale like oceanfront cottages. Houses are incredibly small but cozy. The weather is practically the same all year at around 65 degrees, the only difference between some days is fog and sun. There are lots of trees, great hiking trails, plenty of sandy beaches, and a ton of good food. Many restaurants offer vegan/vegetarian options, and much of the produce is from the Salinas Valley (aka the Salad Bowl of the Country) The schools are well-regarded, with the district ranking 31st in the state. There are very few things to do that are not nature-oriented (surfing, hiking, etc). The biggest downside is cost, EVERYTHING is expensive here.
Start Your Review of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Rate It!
I love the proximity to the beach, Big Sur, & the Valley. I'd love to see more vegan restaurants! I'd also love to see reduced waste options being incorporated into restaurants & stores (no straws, no plastic produce bags, more reusable utensils being sold)
Your experience of this quaint little town may vary based on your age, socioeconomic background, and whether or not wine and cheese tasting is at the top of your list of favorite pastimes (a close second to aimlessly walking around in circles until you find the perfect souvenir shop to blow some money on an overpriced "I Love Carmel" T-Shirt that's just the right shade of baby blue.) However, tourism wouldn't even make that much of an impact on Carmel's economy--it could probably run for the next decade or so solely on the trust funds and family inheritances that nearly 87% of the population is privileged with. That's not a bad thing, it's just supposed to help you get a better perspective of what the average citizen here looks like. However, the horrid state of parking and road marking in Carmel cannot go undisclosed. It is absolutely impossible to find someone's address in this god-forsaken hellscape of oak trees and ambiguously painted street signs. 7/10, PLEASE FIX THE PARKING