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About the City

Pacific Grove offers an unparalleled quality of life. Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, our town offers breathtaking views and recreational activities. The City provides services to the community including: a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary; sandy beaches; the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the west coast; excellent emergency, fire, and ocean rescue services; the lowest crime rate of any city in Monterey County; an award-winning natural history museum; and a nationally-recognized 18-hole golf course. We are known for our small-town hospitality and friendliness in a place we simply call "P.G."

More information about Pacific Grove and its origins can be found at The Monterey County Historical Society website and the Library Local History Page.

Demographics

POPULATION BY YEAR  
2015 15,388
2014 15,394
2013 15,367
2012 15,226
2011 15,108
2010 15,041
2009 14,935
2008 14,874
2007 14,879
2006 14,905
2005 15,155
2004 15,577
2003 15,504
2002 15,502
2001 15,441
2000 15,522
1999 15,500 
1998 15,600
1997 15,500
1996 15,700
1995 16,850
1994 16,800
1993 16,100
1992 16,100
1991 16,000
1990 16,117
1989 16,100
1988 16,100
1987 16,000
1986 15,950
1985 16,000
1984 16,000
1983 16,050
1982 15,950
1981 15,950
1980 15,850
1979 16,050
1978 16,200
1977 16,400
1976 16,700
1975 16,500 
1974 16,150
1973 16,600
1972 15,400
1971 14,300
1970 13,505
1960 12,121
1950 9,623
1940 6,249
1930 5,558
1920 2,974
1910 2,384
1900 1,411
1890 1,336

City of Pacific Grove Incorporated: July 1889

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, California Department of Finance Demographic Research Unit

Age
CATEGORY POPULATION PERCENTAGE
Under 15 years 1,999 13.29%
15-24 years 1,468 9.76%
25-34 years 1,713 11.39%
35-44 years 1,753 11.65%
45-54 years 2,198 14.61%
55-64 years 2,666 17.72%
65 and over 3,244 21.57%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census
 

CATEGORY POPULATION PERCENTAGE
Elementary School 107 .9%
Some High School 418 3.5%
High School Graduate 1,933 16.2%
Some College (no degree) 2,482 20.8%
Associate Degree 978 8.2%
Bachelor's Degree 3,460 29.0%
Graduate Degree 2,553 21.4%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey estimates

Pacific Grove is known for over 1,200 historic homes. A large percentage of housing structures built were constructed prior to 1939.

YEAR STRUCTURE BUILT # STRUCTURES PERCENTAGE
2010- 33 0.4%
2000 to 2009 256 3.1%
1990 to 1999 253 3.1%
1980 to 1989 471 5.7%
1970 to 1979 1,134 13.8%
1960 to 1969 1,265 15.3%
1950 to 1959 1,452 17.6%
1940 to 1949 903 11.0%
1939 or earlier 2,475 30.0%

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2009-2013 5-Year American Community Survey estimates