Monterey County, California

Monterey County, located on the Pacific coast of the state of California, was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850. Parts of the county were given to San Benito County in 1874. The city of Salinas is the County Seat.

Most of the county's people (population of around 414,500 as of July 2007) live near the northern coast and Salinas valley, while the southern coast and inland mountain regions are sparsely populated.

The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula has made the county world famous.

Monterey County was home to famed writer and Nobel prize laureate John Steinbeck, the writer Robert Louis Stevenson, and noted California poet Robinson Jeffers.


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Monterey County ranked among America's ten most expensive counties in December 2005. Santa Barbara County topped the list with a median home price of $753,790. In Monterey County, the median home price was $699,900. In the northern, more densely populated part in the county, the median home price was even higher, at $712,500, making it the fourth most expensive housing market in California.

The disparity between the median household income of roughly $57,000 and the median home price of $700k has been cause for recent concern over excluding potential home buyers from the market. The end of the U.S. housing bubble has caused prices to drop substantially, with median home prices having fallen to $280,000 as at September 2008, making now one of the best time in decades to buy real estate in Monterey County.


Monterey County Schools

Public schools in Monterey County are in the Pacific Unified School District. There are numerous private schools in the county, as well as higher education opportunities at the collegiate level.

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Points of interest in Monterey County, California:

- Monterey Bay Aquarium - World-renowned aquarium.
- Monterey State Historic Park - includes historic locations such as the Custom House, which is the first government building in California
- Pebble Beach Golf Resort - Home of the annual Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Golf Tournament
- 17-Mile Drive - scenic road that hugs the coast through Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach
Monterey County Facts:
  • Estimated median house or condo value in 2007: $658,700
  • Land area: 3,322 square miles (449 square miles is water). The county is roughly 1.5 times larger than the state of Delawar
  • Population in July 2008: 414,500
  • Estimated median household income in 2007: $57,056
  • Median resident age: 31.7 years


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