Seaside, CA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Seaside, California - Basic Facts

The City of Seaside had a population of 34,311 as of July 1, 2016. Seaside ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and 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 Seaside is located at latitude 36.6252 and longitude -121.8239 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Seaside (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 33 feet.

The City of Seaside (GNIS ID: 2411853) 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 Seaside is located within Seaside-Monterey CCD of Monterey County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Seaside 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 Seaside: East Monterey.

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


Total Population 34,311
Population in Households 33,221
Population in Familes 27,351
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,090
Population Density1 3,713
Diversity Index2 88


Total Households 10,365
Average Household Size 3.21
Family Households 7,547
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 11,208 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,101 (36.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,264 (55.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 843 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $500,719
Average Home Value $510,992


Median Household Income $55,793
Average Household Income $72,848
Per Capita Income $22,361
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.61% 0.72%
Households 0.43% 0.62%
Families 0.37% 0.63%
Median Household Income   1.77%
Per Capita Income   1.74%
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.

Seaside, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Seaside 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 # 243 84th
Population Density1 # 346 77th
Diversity Index2 # 58 96th
Median Household Income # 731 52nd
Per Capita Income # 1025 32nd

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