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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population15,546
Male Share of the Population47.4%
Female Share of the Population52.6%
Senior Citizens23.9%
Employed Population 16+7,393
Age of the Population49

Families

% of people married48%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher53.3%
Median Earnings25+$48,988
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,188
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,464

Wealth

Median Family Income$100,607
% Above Poverty Level93.3%
% Below Poverty Level6.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home9.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.3%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,478
Median House Value$700,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.1%
German16.6%
English13.8%
Irish13.7%
Italian9.3%
French Except Basque4.5%
Dutch3.2%
Scottish2.8%
Portuguese2.1%
Norwegian2%
Russian2%
Welsh1.7%
Swedish1.7%
Polish1.4%
Canadian1.1%
Arab1%
Swiss0.8%
Ukrainian0.8%
Danishn0.8%
Czech0.7%
Hungarian0.7%
Albanian0.6%
Lithuanian0.4%
Turkish0.4%
US/American0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Slovene0.2%
Afghan)0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Palestinian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Basque0.1%
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Pacific Grove Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monterey County
Standard Zip Codes93950
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.61
Approximate Longitude-121.92

Pacific Grove 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
Distance2.4 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
Distance17.8 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
Distance23.3 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
Monterey28,472$92,274
Sand City301$48,125
Seaside34,120$55,439

Pacific Grove Public Libraries

Pacific Grove Public Library
550 CENTRAL AVE.
Pacific Grove, California
(831) 648-5760

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Pacific Grove Public Schools

Community High (continuation)
1004 David Ave.
ZIP: 93950
High
Total Enrollment 19
Forest Grove Elementary
1065 Congress Ave.
ZIP: 93950
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Monterey Bay Charter
1004 David Ave.
ZIP: 93950
Primary
Total Enrollment 335
Pacific Grove High
615 Sunset Dr.
ZIP: 93950
High
Total Enrollment 594
Pacific Grove Middle
835 Forest Ave.
ZIP: 93950
Middle
Total Enrollment 472
Robert Down Elementary
485 Pine Ave.
ZIP: 93950
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
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