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  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
    A-
Pacific Grove is a town in California with a population of 15,567. Pacific Grove is in Monterey County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Pacific Grove offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Pacific Grove there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Pacific Grove and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Pacific Grove are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$825,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,689
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Pacific Grove 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
    76.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    6.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    6.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    173
    500.1
  • Theft
    871.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    38.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Pacific Grove

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$81,623
National
$55,322
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Pacific Grove Reviews

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I moved to Pacific Grove, California in December of 2018 and I have loved living here ever since. The town is just off the coast and just outside of Monterey. The town is friendly for families and all different ages. One of my favorite areas in this town is Lovers Park. This park sits just by the ocean and includes beach volleyball and cute restaurants all around it. Pacific Grove is a great town to raise a family or to just enjoy the beauty of the area. I've had very few complaints about this town and I continue to enjoy the area more and more every day!
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The foggy, moderate climate is perfectly matches the sleepy coastal town's vibe. Rich in local businesses, it's very easy to feel at home. Julia Platt, the late Pacific Grove mayor, founded the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which this town is a part of. The ocean, land, and sky are noticeably healthy and stunning--and the air quality is a mung the best in the nation. When COVID-19 isn't shaking things up, the town regularly holds community festivals to showcase local organizations, vendors, arts, and cultures. The neighborhoods are safe, but are also ghastly expensive to live in. Even the apartments are overpriced for the average adult, and most land lords don't allow pets (if they do, the pet has to be under 15lbs in most instances).
Pacific Grove is definitely a small town. Most of the families have been living here for generations and it is very apparent. Kids have gone to school with each other since preschool and all add into that very small-town feel. I think the education system k-12 is stellar and pushes kids to do their best and be independent. Many people graduate PGHS and go off to top-tier universities- UCLA, UC Berkeley, Yale, Harvard, and Cal Poly to name a few. The coast is the dominating factor that makes living here so great. It is very peaceful and quiet most of the time. Family-oriented town festivities happen annually in which the whole town comes together to participate. A great sense of community and very safe.