Monterey County CA Information


Monterey County Subdivisions

Monterey County CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 440,572 (100%)
Population in Households 422,750 (96.0%)
Population in Families 351,615 (79.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 17,822 ( 4.0%)
Population Density 134
Diversity Index2 85


Median Household Income $86,082
Average Household Income $120,431
% of Income for Mortgage4 51%
Per Capita Income $36,610
Wealth Index5 116
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Low (40.6)


Total HU (Housing Units) 145,100 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 72,228 (49.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 60,454 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 12,418 ( 8.6%)
Median Home Value $727,959
Average Home Value $862,546
Housing Affordability Index3 49


Total Households 132,682
Average Household Size 3.19
Family Households 94,195
Average Family Size 4.00
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population 0.11% -0.02%
Households 0.21% 0.07%
Families   0.05%
Median Household Income   2.68%
Per Capita Income   2.81%
Owner Occupied HU   0.31%


Monterey County CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Monterey County to the other 58 counties and county equivalents in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 21 66th
Population Density # 25 59th
Median Household Income # 19 69th
Housing Affordability Index # 11 19th
Per Capita Income # 33 45th
Diversity Index # 10 84th

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