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Monterey is a city in Monterey County, in the Salinas metro area.

The community was named after town in Mexico.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in California named Monterey. For links to other places called Monterey, CA, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Monterey is 36.600N. The longitude is -121.893W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 26 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 29,960.


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Median household income
Local
$49,109
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Monterey demographic reports
Monterey is on Monterey Bay.
Gaspar de Portol? and Franciscan Father Junipero Serra established a mission here in 1770.

The city served as capital of Spanish and Mexican California.

Public transportation: Monterey-Salinas Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 157. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 5.2 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2006.
Filming location for:
· 1961 movie, "The Parent Trap"
· 1971 movie, "Play Misty for Me"
Well-known residents have included:
· John Steinbeck, writer
· Robert Louis Stevenson, author
· Sammy Hagar, rock musician
· Henry Miller, playwright
· Hank Ketchum, cartoonist
· Ansel Adams, photographer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Monterey Jazz Festival - Sept. 21-23, 2007
  • Monterey County Fair - Aug. 14-19, 2007
Dates often change. Check Monterey web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Zmudowski State Beach
Monterey attractions: Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Dennis the Menace Playground
Historic sites and museums: Monterey State Historic Park, Coopers Molera Adobe, Colton Hall Museum, Maritime Museum of Monterey, Monterey County Youth Museum, Monterey Museum of Art
Colleges and universities: Monterey Institute of International Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Peninsula College, Golden Gate University-Monterey
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 131
Quotes:
It was a Thursday, and it was one of those days in Monterey when the air is washed and polished like a lens, so that you can see the houses in Santa Cruz twenty miles across the bay and you can see the redwood trees on a mountain above Watsonville.
-- Sweet Thursday
John Steinbeck

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Monterey demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Monterey County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Salinas area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 93950 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Monterey residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Monterey ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Monterey was $27,133, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

46% of Monterey residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Monterey festival dates:

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History

Historic districts in Monterey include Monterey Old Town Historic District, Monterey Old Town Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Monterey, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $823.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,737.


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Libraries in Monterey include Monterey Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Monterey include Monterey County Herald

TV stations in Monterey include KION, KSMS.

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Monterey County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Monterey political report.

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Monterey restaurants taking online reservations include Stokes Restaurant and Bar ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Monterey workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Monterey between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Monterey include Bay Park Hotel, Best Western, Best Western Beach Resort Monterey, Best Western Monterey Inn, Best Western Park Crest Motel, Best Western Ramona Inn, Best Western Victorian Inn, Blue Lagoon Inn, Cannery Row Inn, Carmel Hill Lodge ... More hotels.

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“ It was a Thursday, and it was one of those days in Monterey when the air is washed and polished like a lens, so that you can see the houses in Santa Cruz twenty miles across the bay and you can see the redwood trees on a mountain above Watsonville. ”
~ Sweet Thursday
John Steinbeck

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