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Monterey County, California

Monterey County California
Full nameMonterey County, California
Official nameMonterey County, California
Settlement typeCounty
CountryUnited States
RegionCalifornia Central Coast
Named forMonterey Bay
County seatSalinas
Total Area3771.07 sq mi (9767.1 km2)
Land Area3321.95 sq mi (8603.9 km2)
Water Area449.12 sq mi (1163.2 km2)
Total Population415057 (2010)
Other information
Time zonePacific Standard Time (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)

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Monterey County is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California, its northwestern section forming the southern half of Monterey Bay. The northern half of the bay is in Santa Cruz County. As of 2010, the population was 415,057. The county seat and largest city is Salinas. Monterey County is a member of the regional governmental agency, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments.

The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula has made the county world famous. The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. The economy is primarily based upon tourism in the coastal regions, and agriculture in the Salinas River valley. Most of the county's people live near the northern coast and Salinas valley, while the southern coast and inland mountain regions are almost devoid of human habitation.

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