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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 28,512. 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
$764,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,711
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Monterey 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
    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
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    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
$77,562
National
$55,322
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This is one of the most beautiful and friendly towns in California, and yes, I have lived all over the state. It's 6 hours to Yosemite, 8 hours to Death Valley, 90 minutes to Big Sur, and a few minutes to the beach. You can ride a bike up and down the coastline. Socially liberal but not as much as in Santa Cruz about one hour up the coast. The weather is on the cool side year-round with a lot of foggy nights. Nightlife is not that big here. It's still the same old fishing village it was originally. More people are out at 8 am than at 8 pm! Several good pubs around, though.

One drawback is the housing price. There is no cheap housing here, but we make it work by sharing the rent, etc.

I have never met anyone who regretted coming here.
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I love the accessibility to outdoor recreation--hiking, biking, surfing, tide-pooling, there's so much to do and it seems like people really take advantage of it! I wish that the public transportation system was better. Many people take cars because the alternative is inconvenient.
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.