Monterey is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 28,178 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Monterey is the 259th largest community in California.
Monterey home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Monterey real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
14.96% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Monterey. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Education and Accommodation industries respectively employ 15.62% and 12.68% of the civilian workforce.
Also of interest is that Monterey has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Monterey is also a city of artists. Monterey has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Monterey’s character.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.37% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Monterey, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.
One of the nice things about Monterey is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.22 minutes getting to work every day.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Monterey is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Monterey area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Monterey, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Monterey is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.85% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Monterey in 2018 was $47,902, which is upper middle income relative to California, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $191,608 for a family of four. However, Monterey contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Monterey is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Monterey home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Monterey residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Monterey also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.25% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Monterey include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Monterey's cultural character, accounting for 16.68% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Monterey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.