Community Overview

 Monterey County (based on 2016-2020 Census data)
  • Population 437,000
  • Median age 34.7 years
  • Median household income $76,943
  • 29% of residents were born outside of the US
  • 73% of persons age 25+ are high school graduates or higher
  • 26% of persons age 25+ have a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Top employment categories: Educational services, health care and social assistance; Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining
  • Monterey County has one 4-year institution, California State University, Monterey Bay, and two 2-year institutions, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.

Source: US Census Bureau. Retrieved from in May 2022. 

Students (based on 2021-22 enrollment)
  • 74,700 students enrolled in K-12
  • 88% are students of color
  • The largest racial/ethnic group is Hispanic or Latino (82% of students)
  • 62% of students enter school as emergent bi/multilinguals, meaning they are learning English
    • This is the highest percentage among California counties
  • 61% of all students speak Spanish
  • 12% are students with disabilities
  • 74% of students qualify for free and reduced meals

Source: California Department of Education. Retrieved from in May 2022.