Monterey County, CA

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2022 Population
437,609
0.306% 1-year decline
US Senator
Alex Padilla
Democratic Party
US Senator
Laphonza Butler
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
35.1
0.573% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
12.3%
1.4% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$91,043
11% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$683,700
14.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
187,502
1.21% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Monterey County, CA had a population of 438k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $91,043. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Monterey County, CA declined from 438,953 to 437,609, a −0.306% decrease and its median household income grew from $82,013 to $91,043, a 11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Monterey County, CA are Other (Hispanic) (39.6%), White (Non-Hispanic) (28.6%), White (Hispanic) (11.2%), Two+ (Hispanic) (7.96%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (5.65%).

None of the households in Monterey County, CA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

79.7% of the residents in Monterey County, CA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Monterey County, CA are Hartnell College (2,341 degrees awarded in 2022), Naval Postgraduate School (2,226 degrees), and California State University-Monterey Bay (2,220 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Monterey County, CA was $683,700, and the homeownership rate was 52.2%.

Most people in Monterey County, CA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Monterey County, CA was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Monterey County, CA is home to a population of 438k people, from which 79.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 28.9% of Monterey County, CA residents were born outside of the country (127k people).

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (173k people) in Monterey County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 125k White (Non-Hispanic) and 48.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

79.7%
2022 Citizenship
79.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 79.7% of Monterey County, CA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Monterey County, CA was 79.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Monterey County, CA
  1. Other (Hispanic)
    173k ± 4.47k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    125k ± 451
  3. White (Hispanic)
    48.8k ± 3.28k
59.9%
Hispanic Population
262k people

In 2022, there were 1.38 times more Other (Hispanic) residents (173k people) in Monterey County, CA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 125k White (Non-Hispanic) and 48.8k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

59.9% of the people in Monterey County, CA are hispanic (262k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Monterey County, CA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    3,899,021 ± 46,015 people
  2. Philippines
    824,230 ± 22,055 people
  3. China
    685,370 ± 20,148 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of California was Mexico, the natal country of 3,899,021 California residents, followed by Philippines with 824,230 and China with 685,370.

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Foreign-Born Population

28.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
127k people
29.1%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
128k people

As of 2022, 28.9% of Monterey County, CA residents (127k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Monterey County, CA was 29.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    5,297 ± 472
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,215 ± 479
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,998 ± 368

Monterey County, CA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.65 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Monterey County, CA employs 188k people. The largest industries in Monterey County, CA are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (27,523 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (21,110 people), and Retail Trade (17,694 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,100), Public Administration ($82,023), and Finance & Insurance ($79,810).

Males in California have an average income that is 1.26 times higher than the average income of females, which is $75,777. The income inequality in California (measured using the Gini index) is 0.498, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

188k
2022 Value
± 3,602
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 2.72%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Monterey County, CA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 190k employees to 188k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Monterey County, CA, are Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (19,158 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (17,711 people), and Management Occupations (17,185 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Monterey County, CA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

188k
2022 Value
± 3,602
−1.21%
1 Year decline
± 2.72%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Monterey County, CA declined at a rate of −1.21%, from 190k employees to 188k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Monterey County, CA, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (27,523 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (21,110 people), and Retail Trade (17,694 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Monterey County, CA, though some of these residents may live in Monterey County, CA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,107
Median earning men ± $804
$36,108
Median earning women ± $960

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($92,300), Information ($85,721), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($79,345).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($67,314), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,542), and Information ($51,354).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 17.9M people employed in California. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 14%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in California.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 3,743
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,881
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,719
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Monterey County, CA went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 69.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (28.2%), followed by Other (1.13%).

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing the state of California. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from California

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Alex Padilla
Senator from California3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Kamala Harris, who had become Vice President of the United States.
Laphonza Butler
Senator from California1
Assumed office on October 3, 2023
Appointed to the seat following the death of Dianne Feinstein.

Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler are the senators currently representing California.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from California

California is currently represented by 52 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for California have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Monterey County, CA awarded 8,601 degrees. The student population of Monterey County, CA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 12,190 male students and 14,412 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Monterey County, CA are Hispanic or Latino (4,223 and 51.2%), followed by White (2,613 and 31.7%), Asian (454 and 5.5%), and Unknown (400 and 4.85%).

The largest universities in Monterey County, CA by number of degrees awarded are Hartnell College (2,341 and 27.2%), Naval Postgraduate School (2,226 and 25.9%), and California State University-Monterey Bay (2,220 and 25.8%).

The most popular majors in Monterey County, CA are Liberal Arts & Sciences (1,639 and 19.1%), General Business Administration & Management (657 and 7.64%), and General Psychology (408 and 4.74%).

The median tuition costs in Monterey County, CA are $44,766 for private four year colleges, and $5,742 and $17,622 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Monterey County, CA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 92.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 7.79%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 26,602 (45.8% men and 54.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 26,602 students enrolled in Monterey County, CA, 45.8% men and 54.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 14,789 records, of which 59.5% were women and 40.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 153 degrees awarded
  2. 560 degrees awarded
  3. 177 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Monterey County, CA was General Business Administration & Management with 153 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Monterey County, CA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,341 degrees awarded
  2. 2,226 degrees awarded
  3. 2,220 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Hartnell College with 2,341 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 4,019 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Monterey County, CA, which is 0.877 times less than the 4,582 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 4,223 degrees mean that there were 1.62 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 2,613 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($44,766) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,581) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,125) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 2.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 2.26% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (6.9M), High School or Equivalent (6.8M), and Bachelors Degree (6.36M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Monterey County, CA was $683,700 in 2022, which is 2.43 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $596,400 to $683,700, a 14.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Monterey County, CA is 52.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Monterey County, CA have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Monterey County, CA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Monterey County, CA is $91,043. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Monterey County, CA was Census Tract 132 with a value of $180,774, followed by Census Tract 107.02 and Census Tract 117, with respective values of $176,000 and $153,561.

In 2022, 29.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Monterey County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.639%.

Property

$683,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,111
$68,359
Median Property Taxes
±$1,768

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Monterey County, CA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

52.2%
Homeownership
2022
71%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 52.2% of the housing units in Monterey County, CA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 51.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 132
  2. Census Tract 107.02
  3. Census Tract 117

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Monterey County, CA was Census Tract 132 with a value of $180,774, followed by Census Tract 107.02 and Census Tract 117, with respective values of $176,000 and $153,561.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Monterey County, CA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$91,043
Median Household Income
± $1,900
131k
Number of Households
± 2,742

In 2022, the median household income of the 131k households in Monterey County, CA grew to $91,043 from the previous year's value of $82,013.

The following chart displays the households in Monterey County, CA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Monterey County, CA is from California.
0.498
2022 Wage GINI in California
0.497
2021 Wage GINI in California

In 2022, the income inequality in California was 0.498 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.107% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for California was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in California in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (69.1%)
  2. Carpooled (10.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.67%)

In 2022, 69.1% of workers in Monterey County, CA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.3%) and those who worked at home (8.67%).

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Monterey County, CA have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.98% of the workforce in Monterey County, CA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 29.5% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Monterey County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 0.639%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.3% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Monterey County, CA (51.9k out of 421k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Monterey County, CA is Hispanic, followed by Other and White.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 15% of the children was living in poverty in Monterey County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 12.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 421 in Monterey County, CA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 70.8 per 100,000 population.

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Health

90.1% of the population of Monterey County, CA has health coverage, with 39.8% on employee plans, 27.7% on Medicaid, 9.49% on Medicare, 11.4% on non-group plans, and 1.72% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Monterey County, CA see 1528 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.9% decrease from the previous year (1590 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1413 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 240 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,528 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Monterey County, CA

Primary care physicians in Monterey County, CA see an average of 1,528 patients per year. This represents a 3.9% decrease from the previous year (1,590 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Monterey County, CA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.2% under 18 years, 21.5% between 18 and 34 years, 35.8% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.8% were men and 51.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.94%
Uninsured
39.8%
Employer Coverage
27.7%
Medicaid
9.49%
Medicare
11.4%
Non-Group
1.72%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Monterey County, CA declined by 0.0764% from 9.95% to 9.94%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 36.9 in Monterey County, CA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.1% in Monterey County, CA.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.9% in Monterey County, CA.

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