Introduction to Pacific Grove, California

Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey county, is 15 miles W of Salinas, California and 49 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is considered part of the Salinas metropolitan area.

Pacific Grove History

The Rumsens, one of eight divisions of the Ohlone Native Americans, were one of the original occupants of the area that is now referred to as Pacific Grove. The biologically rich peninsula proved to be excellent hunting and fishing grounds for them. In the year 1875, a summer Methodist camp was set up in this area, and gradually hordes of people began to arrive here to rest and meditate. Robert Louis Stevenson arrived at the camp in November of 1879 and described it as a 'dreamlike' place. By the 1890s, Pacific Grove had become a haven for artists. Pulitzer winner John Steinbeck lived here for a number of years. The city is also famous as the death place of John Denver.

Pacific Grove and Nearby Attractions

  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.
  • Pacific Grove Public Library.
  • Pacific Grove City Hall.
  • Pacific Grove Art Center.
  • Crespi Pond.
  • Asilomar State Beach.

Things To Do In Pacific Grove

To get a real feel of the charming city of Pacific Grove, one can visit the Point Pinos Light Station, the Steinbeck Museum or the Heritage Social Museum. Pacific Grove also has a stunning lake called the Crespi Pond. There are numerous amusement parks all around the city where one can enjoy the fun rides with family and friends. Art enthusiasts can browse through the city's Art Center. The shopping centers also provide excellent avenues for shoppers to explore.

Pacific Grove Transportation

Air transportation is available from Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Pacific Grove Higher Education

The city is served by the Monterey Peninsula College.


Total Population 15,505
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 23.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,332
Age of the Population 49


% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 52%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $98,571
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 10%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 35%
Median Gross Rent $1,456
Median House Value $689,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 12.5%
Irish 14.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pacific Grove Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 49 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93950
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.617
Longitude -121.915

Pacific Grove Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 64 F
Jul Temp 52 to 68 F
Oct Temp 51 to 70 F
Annual Precip 20.3 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 53 to 72 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Pacific Grove, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Del Monte Park (93950)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carmel-by-the-Sea 3,834 $103,841
Del Rey Oaks 1,673 $108,667
Marina 20,537 $61,725
Monterey 28,283 $84,941
Sand City 312 $32,679
Seaside 33,999 $53,092

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Pacific Grove Public Libraries

Pacific Grove Public Library
Pacific Grove, California
(831) 648-5760
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Serves 674 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22

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