Monterey 68 Average
Monterey Livability #417 ranked city in California#14,581 ranked city in the USARanks better than 50% of areas
A+ Monterey Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Monterey Cost of Living Cost of living is 28% higher than California
18080% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Monterey cost of living
D+ Monterey Crime Total crime is 34% higher than California
Total crime
3,71649% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2749% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Monterey crime
B Monterey Employment Household income is 7% higher than California
Median household income
$68,51124% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,46232% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%53% lower than the US average
Monterey employment
B- Monterey Housing Home value is 62% higher than California
Median home value
$664,300260% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,53161% higher than the US average
Home ownership
35%45% lower than the US average
Monterey real estate or Monterey rentals
D Monterey Schools HS graduation rate is 16% higher than California
High school grad. rates
93%11% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%15% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:132% higher than the US average
Monterey K-12 schools
C Monterey User Ratings There are a total of 10 ratings in Monterey
Overall user rating
64% 10 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
67% 7 total surveys
all Monterey poll results

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      Living in Monterey, CA

      Monterey is a moderately-sized city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 28,472 residents. With a population density of 3,282 people per square mile, Monterey is well above the nation's average density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Monterey is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Monterey might be a good fit as 78% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 63% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the area before actually living in Monterey, California. With useful information like amenities, crime, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Monterey and in the areas around Monterey is a much easier task.

      Monterey, CA receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #423 in California and #11,951 in the USA. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Monterey ranks well for amenities (A+), weather (B), employment (B) and housing (B-). On a more negative note, Monterey does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (D), cost of living (F) and education (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Monterey has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, and Cannery Row.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Monterey can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category.

      Monterey real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Monterey. The median home price for Monterey homes is $664,300, which is 62.3% higher than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Monterey, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 9.7, which is 51.6% higher than the California average. Real estate appreciation rates in Monterey are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Monterey homes comes in at 6.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 8.1%.

      Monterey transportation information

      Average one way commute15min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work60.3%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool12.0%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit5.7%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle2.4%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk11.7%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home6.4%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Monterey, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).