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Monterey, California - Basic Facts

The City of Monterey had a population of 28,415 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Monterey is located at latitude 36.6013 and longitude -121.8826 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Monterey (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.69 sq. miles and a water area of 3.56 sq. miles. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 26 feet.

The City of Monterey (GNIS ID: 2411145) 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 Monterey is located within Seaside-Monterey CCD of Monterey County.

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

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Monterey, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 28,415
Population in Households 26,086
Population in Familes 17,197
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,329
Population Density1 3,269
Diversity Index2 58


Total Households 12,392
Average Household Size 2.11
Family Households 6,034
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 13,861 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,325 (31.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,068 (58.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,469 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $721,501
Average Home Value $737,813


Median Household Income $65,712
Average Household Income $88,315
Per Capita Income $40,751
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.38% 0.57%
Households 0.28% 0.51%
Families 0.18% 0.49%
Median Household Income   2.83%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
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.

Monterey, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Monterey 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 # 273 82nd
Population Density1 # 412 73rd
Diversity Index2 # 870 43rd
Median Household Income # 504 67th
Per Capita Income # 315 79th

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