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Monterey County, California

93940, 93942, 93943, 93944

Language Capital of the World
The Cradle of History

Page Contents for Monterey, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Monterey is approximately 27,823 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 13,382 (2000), 12184 (2010).
The amount of land area in Monterey is 21.927 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Monterey is 8.466 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 8.542 sq kilometers.
The distance from Monterey to Washington DC is 2549 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 133 miles. (as the crow flies)
Monterey is positioned 36.60 degrees north of the equator and 121.88 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Monterey elevation is 40 feet above sea level.
Monterey per capita income is $ 33,389 (2009).
Monterey median income is $ 59,317 (2009).
The Monterey median home price is $ 524,873 (2009).
Monterey average annual rainfall is 18.3 inches per year
Monterey average annual precipitation is 19.5 inches peryear.
Monterey average temperature is 56.5 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 48 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 65 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 53 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 56 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 60 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 61 degrees F.


On Coast Hwy 1 on Monterey Bay 115 miles south of San Francisco and about 15 miles from Salinas. Other nearby communities include: Pacific Grove, Sand City, Del Rey Oaks, Del Monte Forest, Seaside, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel, Carmel Valley Village and Marina.
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temperate. Most rain falls between November and April with very little rain during the summer months. Even in summer temperatures remain cool with a good deal of fog. Snow is not normal for this area, but even so, very rarely, Monterey will have a light dusting of snow. The highest temperature ever in Monterey was 104 degrees F. back in 1987 and the lowest temperature was 20 degrees F. in 1990.
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mild. Here is Weather info for the Monterey area.
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History & History Related Items

In 1602, Spanish explorer, Sebastian Vizcaino sailed into the bay and named it for the Count de Monte-Rey, the Viceroy of Mexico. The area remained largely unsettled until 1770 when Fathers Crespi, Junipero Serra and Gaspar de Portola came in and founded the Presidio and the Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Monterey. In 1775, it was recognized by the King of Spain as the capital of California. But in 1822, California became subject to Mexico rule. It became a center for trade and shipping. Many people opposed the Mexican rule and, in 1846, Commodore Sloat raised the American Flag. Monterey was California's first capital. Our state's first constitution was signed right here in Monterey on October 13, 1849 in Colton Hall. By the 1930's and 40's, the area was a center for the fishing industry. Cannary Row evolved through this business.

The city motto - ANDA - is included on the city seal and means onward in Spanish. It symbolizes the spirit of the city as well as the hope for continued growth. Also on the city seal is a green shield because the area is green most of the year. Other explanations for the seal and also the city flag may be found on this page.
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The settling of Monterey


The founding of Monterey

3 June 1770 by Father Junipero Serra and Don Gaspar de Portola.

The incorporation of Monterey

May 30, 1850


The Language Capital of the World - why? See - this page

Monterey Bay Aquarium
On historic Cannery Row
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
General Info: 831-648-4888
A whole new world awaits you at the Aquarium. Almost 200 exhibits, displays, galleries and hands-on experiences are here. Try the "Splash Zone" for a day of discovery. View visiting exhibits about oceans around the world. YOu'll love the "Mysteries of the Deep" deep sea exhibit plus live video from a mile down. Much more is here for you to experience

Monterey Museum of Art
559 Pacific St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-372-5477

Monterey Wine Festival
Phone: 800-422-0251

Monterey County Youth Museum
425 Washington Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-649-6444

Monterey County Fairgrounds
2004 Fairground Rd.
Monterey, CA 93940-5260
Phone: 831-372-5863

Great Photographs
Photo archivist Pat Hathaway has accumulated over 80,000 images from 1855-2000. Holdings include glass plate negatives, film negatives, original prints, mounted photos, stereo views, postcards and photo albums. Views of Monterey, Pebble Beach, Cannery Row, the sardine fishing industry, John Steinbeck, Edward F. Ricketts, the California Missions, the San Francisco earthquake aftermath, California Lighthouses and shipwrecks and much more. Please see our web site for a complete listing.
Mr. Pat Hathaway, Photo Archivist
California Views Historical Photo Collection
469 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940-2702
Phone: (831) 373-3811
Hours 11-5 Pacific Time, Tuesday-Saturday

The Museums of Monterey

Cannary Row was once known as Ocean View Boulevard but was renamed for John Steinbeck in 1953 for his well-known book of the same name. The street is a popular tourist attraction for Monterey with many businesses in the former cannery buildings along with the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Monterey City Government

City of Monterey

City Hall
580 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Monterey City Clerk
Phone: 831-646-3935

Monterey is a Charter City which operates under a City Council/City Manager form of government

City of Monterey Fire Department


Monterey County website.

Monterey Chamber

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
243 El Dorado Street, Suite 200
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360

Monterey Organizations

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
243 El Dorado Street, Suite 200
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360

Monterey Libraries

Monterey Public Library
625 Pacific St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-646-3932

Monterey County Free Libraries

Monterey Schools

Monterey High School
101 Hermann Dr.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-392-3801

Monterey Peninsula School District
700 Pacific St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-645-1200 Monterey


The population of Monterey was:
1990 - 31,954
1991 - 32,100
1992 - 32,450
1993 - 31,750
1994 - 32,500
1995 - 31,750
1996 - 31,900
1997 - 33,000
1998 - 33,800
2000 - 29,674
2010 - 27,823

Average age:
2000 - 36 years

Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 13,497
2000 - 13,382

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 49,109
2009 - $ 59,317

Per capita Income:
2000 - $ 27,133
2009 - $ 33,389

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 392,200
2009 - $ 524,873

Monterey is located in the Pacific Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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