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The City of Pacific Grove had a population of 15,019 as of July 1, 2021. Pacific Grove ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Pacific Grove is located at latitude 36.6177 and longitude -121.9166 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pacific Grove encompass a land area of 2.86 sq. miles and a water area of 1.13 sq. miles. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 151 feet.

The City of Pacific Grove 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 Pacific Grove is located within Seaside-Monterey CCD of Monterey County.

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Pacific Grove, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 15,019 (100%)
Population in Households 14,676 (97.7%)
Population in Families 10,427 (69.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 343 ( 2.3%)
Population Density 5,254
Diversity Index2 50


Median Household Income $94,013
Average Household Income $122,242
% of Income for Mortgage4 45%
Per Capita Income $57,455
Wealth Index5 138


Total HU (Housing Units) 8,201 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,553 (43.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,499 (42.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,149 (14.0%)
Median Home Value $1,009,804
Average Home Value $1,140,025
Housing Affordability Index3 55


Total Households 7,052
Average Household Size 2.08
Family Households 3,813
Average Family Size 3
  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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.01% 0.04%
Households 0.04% 0.06%
Families -0.02% 0.03%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   2.78%
Owner Occupied HU   0.23%

Pacific Grove, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pacific Grove to the other 1,521 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 402 74th
Population Density # 220 86th
Median Household Income # 345 77th
Housing Affordability Index # 300 20th
Per Capita Income # 207 86th
Diversity Index # 1034 32nd

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