Big Sur, California

Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the central California, coast where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination.

Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the lower 48 states.

The economy in Big Sur is almost completely based on tourism. Much of the land along the coast is privately owned or has been donated to the state park system.

Big Sur typically enjoys a mild climate year-round, with a sunny, dry summer and fall, and a cool, wet winter. Coastal temperatures vary little during the year, ranging from the 50s (Farenheit) at night to the 70s by day from June through October, and in the 40s to 60s from November through May.


Big Sur Real Estate

Big sur real estate costs are as impressive as the views, with most homes priced above $2 million. There are no urban areas, although three small clusters of gas stations, restaurants, and motels are often marked on maps as "towns."


Big Sur Schools

The Big Sur schools have a student/teacher ratio of 7.1 to 1, with less than 100 students attending the 2 schools.

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Big Sur Facts:

  • Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $2 million +
  • Population in July 2007: about 1,000
  • Estimated median household income in 2007: $65,083
  • Median resident age: 43.2 years

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