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Seaside, California - Basic Facts

The City of Seaside is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Monterey County at latitude 36.6252 and longitude -121.8239. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 33 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Seaside, but most people and references simply refer to it as Seaside, California.

The P1 Census Class Code for Seaside indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Seaside: East Monterey.

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Seaside, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 33,849
Population in Households 32,643
Population in Familes 26,883
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,206
Population Density1 3,665
Diversity Index2 88


Total Households 10,308
Average Household Size 3.17
Family Households 7,499
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 11,141 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,059 (36.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 6,249 (56.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 833 ( 7.5%)
Median Home Value $273,647
Average Home Value $300,037


Median Household Income $52,003
Average Household Income $65,019
Per Capita Income $20,487
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.58% 0.84%
Households 0.5% 0.9%
Families 0.4% 0.9%
Median Household Income   2.09%
Per Capita Income   2.74%
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 1,523 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 240 84th
Population Density1 # 351 77th
Diversity Index2 # 63 96th
Median Household Income # 782 49th
Per Capita Income # 1022 33rd

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