Monterey County is located on the Central Coast of California just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 45 miles from San Jose and 106 miles from the City of San Francisco.
The rich Salinas Valley extends through the heart of the County, making Monterey the third largest agricultural county in California.
The County also offers the longest coastline of any California county and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually to destinations such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Cannery and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In addition, the wine industry produces upwards of $238 million per year and attracts visitors to the wine trail.
There are a number of opportunities for business and families to grow and prosper. Learn more about the County's vibrant and dynamic economy by viewing reports, documents and traffic information in the Economic Development Library below.
The DCI combines seven complementary metrics into a broad-based assessment of community economic well-being in the US. Relying on Census Bureau data for the years 2011 to 2015, the DCI covers zip codes as well as cities, counties and congressional districts, enabling communities to understand how their well-being stacks up at every scale of life. The DCI groups places evenly into five different tiers based on their performance on the index: Prosperous, comfortable, mid-tier, at risk and distressed.