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Monterey is located on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula on central California's Big Sur coastline.

The city is famous for its history of resident painters and authors and its historically famed fishery.

Monterey is the home of Pebble Beach golf resort, the 17-mile scenic drive, romantic Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Wine Country and California State University Monterey Bay.

Monterey, California
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Monterey Bay has an abundance of sea life and is considered one of the prime spots in California for scuba diving.

Among the GreatPlacesToRetire.com cities, Monterey ranks high in climate, air quality and proximity to nearest large city. Monterey ranks low in natural hazards risk, home sales prices and water quality.

For more detailed town facts -- including data on home prices, population demographics, medical care, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:

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