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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
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Pacific Grove is a town in California with a population of 15,617. 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
$764,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,606
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
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    57
    40.7
  • Robbery
    12.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    278.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,596.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    101.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    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
$80,788
National
$55,322
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Pacific Grove Reviews

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While PG is safe and very family friendly, it lacks affordable housing and job opportunities. While it is called the "Last Hometown", it hardly lives up to the name with the rise in STRs and empty homes too expensive for anyone to afford. Our experience with the school system is that it's great K-8, and then you hit the high school and it caters to those students that are able to do it on their own. No good support systems for students with learning disabilities or students suffering from anxiety. There is a hefty amount of nepotism in the school district and teachers/administrators that have been there too long.
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Pacific Grove is a wonderful place to grow up. The town is very small, and many of the residents have lived there since they were children. Although there is not much night-life, Pacific Grove has a way of bringing together the community through events like the Good Old Days, Butterfly Parade, Parade of Lights, Feast of Lanterns, and Farmers Market, which host different groups from local schools, performing arts centers/studios, and clubs. The support for cultural diversity is apparent through the events mentioned, and by the residents themselves. Pacific Grove is beautiful, peaceful, and above all, welcoming; A great destination for anyone seeking beautiful scenery, great food, warm people, or a place to call home!
I loved living in PG! It was a great experience for my husband and I! We enjoyed the quiet neighborhoods and unique, small downtown. We got to see and hear children playing outside like kids used to and were even able to bring our own little bundle of joy home with us while we lived there! I would recommend this city to anyone looking for a quaint, adorable, friendly town.