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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California - Basic Facts

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea had a population of 3,895 as of July 1, 2016. Carmel-by-the-Sea ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carmel-by-the-Sea is located at latitude 36.5529 and longitude -121.9219 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 223 feet.

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea (GNIS ID: 2409987) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is located within Carmel-by-the-Sea CCD of Monterey County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carmel-by-the-Sea population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Carmel-by-the-Sea: Carmel, Carmel City.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 3,895
Population in Households 3,895
Population in Familes 2,552
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 3,606
Diversity Index2 25


Total Households 2,155
Average Household Size 1.81
Family Households 1,050
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 3,486 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,185 (34.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 970 (27.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,331 (38.2%)
Median Home Value $1,000,001
Average Home Value $1,146,136


Median Household Income $66,920
Average Household Income $108,542
Per Capita Income $60,085
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.73% 0.79%
Households 0.45% 0.62%
Families 0.48% 0.64%
Median Household Income   3.48%
Per Capita Income   2.2%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carmel-by-the-Sea to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 702 54th
Population Density1 # 360 76th
Diversity Index2 # 1449 4th
Median Household Income # 481 68th
Per Capita Income # 110 93rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE California Census Data Comparison Tool.