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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Monterey is a town in California with a population of 28,671. Monterey is in Monterey County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Monterey offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Monterey there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Monterey and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Monterey are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$696,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,625
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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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
    205.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    62.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    121.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    709.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,988.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    278.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Monterey

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,942
National
$55,322
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I really enjoyed living in Monterey California, it is such a beautiful place to be. This town might be hella touristy, but it's so cute! There's some fun shopping, restaurants, and those awesome views of the bay.

If you ever do plan on visiting, Monterey Bay California spend one afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, do some shopping in Cannery Row, and take a nice stroll on Monterey Bay Coastal Trail. The sunset is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see.

Don't forget to take a ride on the 17-Mile Drive and Mission Basilica. Although these spots aren't technically part of Monterey, it's definitely worth the time to see both. 17-Mile Drive is breathtakingly beautiful, and the mission is a lovely piece of history.
Monterey, it's a fun beautiful place to stop when traveling.
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Lots of excellent locations for outdoor activities, and tons of delicious food to try. Rent is a little high in some areas so unless you have a really good job you will probably need a roommate or two. For the most part you can walk or ride your bike wherever you need to go in town, and most places are dog friendly!
Pristine beauty. Rich history. Diverse nature. Sparkling ocean. Majestic cliffs. Monterey is the place that people marvel at from planes, read about in Steinbeck novels, and see on raunchy HBO dramas. My experience in Monterey has given me an appreciate for what is, and what could be. Monterey has a small community feel, but has enough tourism so that locals can meet new people every day. The restaurants rank among the best in the world. It is both the quintessential California town, and the antithesis of the typical west coast beach community. Monterey gives me a sense of comfort. My birthplace, where most of the milestones in my life were achieved, will always be a part of me, as well as anyone who is fortunate enough to spend any time there.