The City of Monterey is located on Monterey Bay along the Pacific coast in Central California. Monterey lies at an elevation of 26 feet above sea level. Monterey is situated approximately 115 miles south of San Francisco and 350 miles north of Los Angeles. Monterey Bay lies to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Carmel Bay to the south.
The latest census states the city population to be approximately 30,641, with 12,600 households, and 6,476 families residing in the city. Geographically Monterey city has a total area of 11.7 square miles, of which 8.4 square miles is land, and 3.3 square miles or 28.05% is water. The city is situated on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federally protected ocean area extending 276 miles along the coast. The zip code for Monterey is 93940 and the telephone area code is 831.