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Welcome to Monterey ...

The coastal city of Monterey is located in Monterey County<1>.

Monterey was established in 1770 and was incorporated June 14, 1890.

When the people of Monterey refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Montereyan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Monterey has a population of 28,526 people<3> (see below for details).

The community of Monterey is near sea level<4>.

Time Zone: Monterey lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Monterey is located in the (831) area code.

The ZIP codes for Monterey: 93940, 93942-93944<5>

Websites for Monterey ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Monterey had an population of 28,526 people. This is an increase of 2.57% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 3.87% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Monterey had a population of 27,810 people (or 6.7% of the total population of Monterey County). This makes Monterey the county's 3rd most populous community.

The population of Monterey represents 0.07% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 247th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 27,810 people, the population of Monterey decreased 6.28% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 29,674 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Monterey.

Communities Also Named Monterey ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 35 communities that are also named Monterey - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky (2), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (5), South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas (3), Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Monterey.

Communities near Monterey ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Monterey.

  • Salinas
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Marina
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marina
    • Marina is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,836 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marina <6>
  • Prattco ‑ Historic
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Prattco. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prattco
    • Prattco is located in Monterey County
  • Carmelito ‑ Historic
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the south)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Carmelito. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<7>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carmelito
    • Carmelito is located in Monterey County
  • Carmel Highlands
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carmel Highlands
    • Carmel Highlands is located in Monterey County
  • Ambler Park
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ambler Park
    • Ambler Park is located in Monterey County
  • Serra Village
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Serra Village
    • Serra Village is located in Monterey County
  • Carmel Valley Village
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
  • Boronda
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Boronda
    • Boronda is located in Monterey County
  • Castroville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the northeast)

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Monterey. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Monterey.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Monterey. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Monterey.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Monterey. Our list includes 36 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Monterey.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Monterey ...

Looking for more information about Monterey? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Monterey, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Monterey.

Adding Monterey to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Monterey in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Monterey was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<8>

From that list, the Monterey post office opened in 1849.

We also found Monterey in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Monterey.

The official website for Monterey:

The official website for Monterey County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Monterey, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Monterey refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Monterey may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Monterey.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Monterey - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Monterey). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Monterey or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Monterey includes: 93940, 93942, 93943 & 93944.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<8>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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