Monterey, California

city in California, United States

Monterey is a municipality in Monterey County in the U.S. state of California. It is on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast.

View of Monterey
View of Monterey
Flag of Monterey
Official seal of Monterey
Monterey is located in the United States
Monterey is located in California
Coordinates: 36°35′50.2″N 121°53′52.2″W / 36.597278°N 121.897833°W / 36.597278; -121.897833
Country United States
State California
 • MayorTyller Williamson
 • Total22.39 km2 (8.64 sq mi)
 (April 1, 2020)
 • Total30,230
 • Density1,350/km2 (3,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−08:00
ZIP code(s)
93940, 93942–93944
FIPS code0648872
WebsiteOfficial website

It stands at an elevation of 26 feet (8 m) above sea level, on a land area of 8.466 sq mi (21.93 km2). The 2020 census recorded a population of 30,218.[1] Monterey had a big herring industry, which went bust because of overfishing. Cannery Row in Monterey was where the fish were packaged.

Cannery Row was the setting of John Steinbeck's novels Cannery Row (1945) and Sweet Thursday (1954). Both were the basis for the 1982 movie Cannery Row, starring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger. It is also mentioned in Bob Dylan's song "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands". Sea otters still dive for abalone shellfish

Pacific Biological Laboratories, a biological supply house, was located at 800 Ocean View Avenue (now 800 Cannery Row) from 1928 to 1948. It was operated by Edward F. Ricketts. He was the inspiration for several characters in Steinbeck novels. The laboratory is still preserved.

There is a variety of natural habitats in Monterey: the closed-cone pine forest has pines whose cones only open after a fire (this is called "seroteny"). The idea is that the seeds drop onto ground with few occupants, so have the best chance of developing into trees. Coast live oaks often grow nearby.


  1. "QuickFacts: Monterey city, California". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 23, 2023.