Monterey, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Monterey, California - Basic Facts

The City of Monterey had a population of 28,626 as of July 1, 2018.

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, 2018.

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Monterey, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 28,626
Population in Households 26,218
Population in Familes 17,492
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,408
Population Density1 3,293
Diversity Index2 59


Median Household Income $73,366
Average Household Income $98,826
Per Capita Income $45,955


Total Housing Units 13,955 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,411 (31.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,232 (59.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,312 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $846,644
Average Home Value $903,437


Total Households 12,643
Average Household Size 2.07
Family Households 6,153
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  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 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.38% 0.42%
Households 0.46% 0.45%
Families 0.37% 0.43%
Median Household Income   2.96%
Per Capita Income   3.46%

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, 2018 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 # 274 82nd
Population Density # 418 73rd
Diversity Index # 873 43rd
Median Household Income # 482 68th
Per Capita Income # 311 80th

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