City of Monterey
—  City  —
Fisherman's Wharf and downtown rooftops,
seen from Monterey Bay

Official seal of City of Monterey
Nickname(s): Language Capital of the World,[1]
California's "First" City
Location of Monterey, California

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City of Monterey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  California
County Monterey
Incorporated June 14, 1890[2]
Named for Gaspar de Zúñiga, 5th Count of Monterrey
 • Type Council-manager
 • City council[3] Mayor Clyde Roberson
Vice Mayor Timothy Barrett
Dan Albert
Alan Haffa
Ed Smith
 • City Manager Hans Uslar[4]
 • State senator Bill Monning   (D)[5]
 • Assemblymember Mark Stone   (D)[5]
 • U. S. rep. Sam Farr   (D)[6]
 • Total 12.25 sq mi (31.74 km2)
 • Land 8.67 sq mi (22.47 km2)
 • Water 3.58 sq mi (9.27 km2)  28.03%
Elevation[8] 26 ft (8 m)
Population (2010)[9]
 • Total 27,810
 • Estimate (2016)[10] 28,454
 • Density 3,280.38/sq mi (1,266.54/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
ZIP codes 93940–93944
Area code 831
FIPS code 06-48872[8]
GNIS feature IDs 1659762, 2411145

Monterey (Spanish: Monterrey) is a city located in Monterey County in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. It stands at an elevation of 26 feet (8 m) above sea level,[8] on a land area of 8.466 sq mi (21.93 km2).The 2010 census recorded a population of 27,810.

Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846, the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the Mexican–American War.

The city had California's first theater, public building, public library, publicly funded school, printing press, and newspaper. The city and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century and many celebrated painters and writers have lived there. Until the 1950s, there was an abundant fishery.

Among Monterey's notable present-day attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

  1. ^ "Monterey - Language Capital of the World". Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "California Cities by Incorporation Date" (Word). California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "City Manager's Office". City of Monterey. Retrieved January 18, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Statewide Database". UC Regents. Retrieved October 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "California's 20th Congressional District - Representatives & District Map". Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jun 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Monterey". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  9. ^ "Monterey (city) QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on August 24, 2012. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
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