Monterey County is located on the Pacific coast of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 415,057. The county seat and largest city is Salinas. The County borders the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz County to the north, San Benito County to the East, and San Luis Obispo County to the South. Unincorporated lands on the former Fort Ord are within the jurisdiction of Monterey County.
Monterey County has a rich military history including the Presido of Monterey, Naval Post Graduate School, and former Fort Ord. The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, have made the county world-famous. The city of Monterey was the 1st capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. Regional economic drivers include tourism in the coastal regions and agriculture in the Salinas River valley.
City of Salinas
City of Seaside
Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1954, this 10 square-mile city continues to grow while holding on to the rich values upon which it was established. Young families and retirees are drawn to the community, providing a healthy residential mix of people and solid sense of community.
Seaside’s convenient location gives residents and visitors an opportunity to experience all of the amenities that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer…from wine tasting to whale watching…and everything in between. Explore the breathtaking beauty and abundant sea life of the Monterey Bay
Fort Ord Reuse Authority
FORA implements this legislatively mandated mission by overseeing replacement land use; assuring compliance with adopted measures; removing physical barriers to reuse; financing and constructing major components of the required infrastructure and basewide demands; and protecting identified environmental reserves. FORA exercises its planning, financing, and monitoring responsibilities under state law authority to meet these objectives in the best interest of the Northern Monterey Bay Community.
City of Watsonville
The main industries in Watsonville are agriculture, construction, and manufacturing. The City is home to several large national company headquarters within City Limits such as Driscoll’s Strawberries, Martinelli’s, California Giant, Monterey Mushrooms, Graniterock, Granite Construction, West Marine, Vendwize, and Fox Racing Shox.