Monterey, California, City and Higher Education Information

Information about Monterey

Located about 70 miles south of San Jose, the city of Monterey, California, is a culturally dynamic town of 28,276 residents, according to 2014 U.S. census data. It is known for its rich tradition of resident artists and excellent scuba diving. The city looks out dramatically over the Pacific Ocean at and boasts many historical California firsts, including the first public library and the first theatre. Monterey's population is 78% Caucasian and nearly 14% Hispanic with other races, including African-Americans and Native American and Native Hawaiian residents, also present. About 47% of adult residents 25 years or older hold bachelor's degrees.

Monterey is host to a well-known maritime museum, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest of its kind in the nation. Other attractions include the Colton Hall Museum, numerous 19th century adobe buildings and abundant local sea life, including sea lions and otters. Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, both historic districts now teeming with nightlife and shopping, are major tourist draws. Monterey's location makes it an ideal base from which to go sea fishing, boating or diving. Many of the beaches in the region have been designated state parks and offer a vast choice of places to swim, surf and sunbathe.

Higher Education

Monterey hosts three colleges within its city limits. Monterey Peninsula College, a campus within the California Community Colleges system, is the largest of the three with a Fall 2014 annual enrollment of almost 8,000 students. It offers two-year degrees and professional training. About 700 students study at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a globally directed school offering graduate programs in business, language and international relations.

The city is also home to the Naval Postgraduate School, a graduate institution primarily for active-duty military officers that includes the world-famous Defense Language Institute, where officers and others are trained to speak languages such as Arabic, Korean and Urdu. In addition, the California State University system operates a Monterey Bay campus in the nearby town of Seaside.

Economy and Employment

According to census data from 2012, about 5,500 people were employed in accommodation and food services. Health care and social assistance had employed about 5,000 people, while professional, scientific, and technical services employed around 4,000 people.

The city as a whole is relatively well off, with a median household income of $64,772, which is higher than the median income for the state of California, according to 2010-2014 census data. However, property values are often seen as inflated, with Monterey reporting a median home value of around $615,900 in that same time period compared to $371,400 for the state.

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