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The 2000 Census showed that Monterey County had a population of 401,762 people. This represented 1.19% of the total population of California, making it the state's 18th most populous county (out of 58 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Monterey had a population of 410,370 people. This is an increase of 2.14% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010415,057+3.31%+1.14% since 2009
2009410,370+2.14%+1.16% since 2008
2008405,660+0.97%+0.88% since 2007
2006401,374-0.1%-0.92% since 2005
2005405,090+0.83%-0.92% since 2004
2004408,867+1.77%-0.38% since 2003
2003410,419+2.15%+0.3% since 2002
2002409,210+1.85%+0.53% since 2001
2001407,065+1.32%+1.32% since 2000
2000401,762The Last Census

Monterey County had 131,708 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Monterey County has a total area<3> of 3,771 square miles [9,767 km²]. Of this total, 3,321 square miles [8,603 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (11.91%) being water (449.1 square miles [1,163 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Monterey County had a population density of 120.9 people per square mile [46.7 people/km²], making it the state's 25th most densely populated county (out of 58 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Monterey County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Monterey and the state of California.

Click here for the Monterey County QuickFact (QF-06053).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Monterey County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Pacific GroveQF-065484814,63515,522-5.71%
King CityQF-063852011,66011,0945.1%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Monterey County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
FresnoQF-06019   E915,267799,40714.49%
KingsQF-06031   E148,764129,46114.91%
San BenitoQF-06069   NE55,05853,2343.43%
San Luis ObispoQF-06079   SE266,971246,6818.23%
Santa CruzQF-06087   NW256,218255,6020.24%

The western boundary of the county is on the Pacific Ocean.

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Monterey. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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