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Overview

Introduction to Monterey, California

The city of Monterey is situated at Monterey Bay along the Pacific coast in the central portion of the state of California. The scenic area is popular with tourists. The city features the Carmel Mission and the popular Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey can be reached by State Highway 1.

History

Settled in 1770 by Father Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola, Monterey was the capital for California beginning in 1777 and ending in 1849. During this time, Spain and Mexico were in control. Portola made the decision to construct the Presidio of Monterey due to the possibility of an attack by the Russians. The presidio was also the location of the Battle of Monterey which occurred on July 7th 1846 as part of the Mexican-American War. This was the date that John Sloat of the United States Navy raised the flag of the United States at the Monterey Customs House and declared that California was now part of the United States. Monterey was well known as a prominent area for fishing however in the 1950's the fishing industry in the area was crushed primarily due to extensive fishing in the area. Well known artists and authors have lived in the Monterey area.

Transportation

Monterey can be reached by air flights to the Monterey Peninsula Airport. Bus service for the city is offered by Monterey-Salinas Transit.

Higher Education

Higher Education opportunities can be achieved at:

  • Monterey Institute of International Studies.
  • Monterey College of Law.
  • California State University of Monterey Bay.
  • Monterey Peninsula College.
  • Naval Postgraduate School.

Activities

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area including:

  • Scuba diving.
  • Walking or riding a bicycle on the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail.
  • Explore the Elkhorn Slough.
  • Whale watching.

Attractions

The area is well known for its beautiful coastline and sea life. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is recognized as one of the biggest aquariums located in North America and is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors are allowed to check out the original structures at the Carmel Mission. Cannery Row was the site of the flourishing fishing industry but is now a popular tourist attraction featuring numerous restaurants and a variety of shops. Other noteworthy attractions in the area include:

  • The Larkin House.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea.
  • 17 mile scenic Drive.
  • Pebble Beach Golf Resort.
  • Royal Presidio Chapel.
  • The Cooper-Molera Adobe.
  • The Old Custom House.
  • Colton Hall.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,472
Male Share of the Population52.1%
Female Share of the Population47.9%
Senior Citizens18%
Employed Population 16+15,300
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married42.6%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher49.5%
Median Earnings25+$47,911
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,545
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,073

Wealth

Median Family Income$92,274
% Above Poverty Level91.4%
% Below Poverty Level8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work14.1%
% Using Public Transportation5.7%

Housing

People Living Alone38.3%
Median Gross Rent$1,531
Median House Value$664,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)35.3%
German12.7%
English11%
Irish10.9%
Italian10.7%
French Except Basque3.5%
Scottish2.7%
Norwegian2.4%
Portuguese2.3%
Russian1.6%
Swedish1.6%
Dutch1.6%
Arab1.6%
Polish1.3%
Danishn1.2%
African0.9%
Austrian0.8%
Turkish0.7%
Greek0.6%
Swiss0.6%
Czech0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Sudanese0.5%
Iranian0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Lebanese0.5%
Egyptian0.5%
Welsh0.4%
West Indian0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Slovak0.4%
Canadian0.4%
Syrian0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Latvian0.2%
Senegalese0.2%
Basque0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Haitian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
US/American0.1%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
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Monterey Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monterey County
Standard Zip Codes93943, 93940
P.O. Box Zip Codes93942, 93944
Phone Area Codes831
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.61
Approximate Longitude-121.89

Monterey Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMONTEREY
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp43 to 60 F
Apr Temp47 to 64 F
Jul Temp52 to 68 F
Oct Temp51 to 70 F
Annual Precip20.3 inches
StationSALINAS AP
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationWATSONVILLE WATERWORKS
Distance24.1 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp53 to 72 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carmel-by-the-Sea3,852$103,153
Del Rey Oaks1,683$108,214
Marina20,816$68,723
Pacific Grove15,546$100,607
Sand City301$48,125
Seaside34,120$55,439

Monterey Public Libraries

Monterey Public Library
625 PACIFIC ST.
Monterey, California
(831) 646-5669

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Monterey Hospitals

Community Hospital Monterey Peninsula
(Non-profit)
23625 W. R. Holman Highway

Monterey Public Schools

Monte Vista
251 Soledad Dr.
ZIP: 93940
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Foothill Elementary
1700 Via Casoli
ZIP: 93940
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Monterey High
101 Herrmann Dr.
ZIP: 93940
High
Total Enrollment 1246
Bay View Academy
222 Casa Verde Ave.
ZIP: 93940
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
La Mesa Elementary
1 La Mesa Way
ZIP: 93940
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Walter Colton
100 Toda Vista Dr.
ZIP: 93940
Middle
Total Enrollment 724

Monterey Private Schools

York School
9501 York Rd
ZIP: 93940
Secondary
Total Enrollment 229
San Carlos School
450 Church St
ZIP: 93940
Elementary
Total Enrollment 300
Trinity Christian High School
601 E Franklin St
ZIP: 93940
Secondary
Total Enrollment 92
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Historic Monterey

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Hotel del Monte c1903.

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Hotel del Monte c1903.

Hotel del Monte c1898.

Hotel del Monte c1906.

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