Pacific Grove, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Pacific Grove, California - Basic Facts

The City of Pacific Grove had a population of 15,509 as of July 1, 2018. 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 36.6226 and longitude -121.9264 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pacific Grove (see map below) 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 (GNIS ID: 2411350) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pacific Grove 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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Pacific Grove, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 15,509
Population in Households 15,164
Population in Familes 10,906
Population in Group Qrtrs 345
Population Density1 5,427
Diversity Index2 48


Median Household Income $82,042
Average Household Income $116,290
Per Capita Income $55,196


Total Housing Units 8,273 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,170 (38.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,071 (49.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,032 (12.5%)
Median Home Value $911,286
Average Home Value $995,630


Total Households 7,241
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 3,938
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 0.37% 0.42%
Households 0.38% 0.42%
Families 0.37% 0.41%
Median Household Income   3.72%
Per Capita Income   3.9%

Pacific Grove, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pacific Grove 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 # 399 74th
Population Density # 214 86th
Diversity Index # 1022 33rd
Median Household Income # 375 75th
Per Capita Income # 183 88th

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