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Monterey County Population Growth

Memorandum to Bob Sinotte from Nick Lombardo
May 3, 2005 (Nick passed away on May 4, 2005)

Dear Bob:

The numbers are in and yes, Monterey County has again sustained an unbridled growth of 0.6% for calendar year 2004 to January 1, 2005.

Look at the unincorporated area population, which grew a total of 44 people amounting to a growth factor of 0.0004%.

Recently, I heard a presentation by the Natividad Hospital Administrator regarding the births in the three major hospitals in Monterey County. As you may have surmised, Natividad Hospital registered more new births than Salinas Valley Memorial and CHOMP put together. We actually had an exodus of adult population over those who came to live in the County. Although a long, drawn-out process, the anti-growth (anti-humanity) forces are winning the battle.

The quality of life and social dignity are in direct proportion to opportunity or the lack thereof and a major element is housing affordability. Without this, a further gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” will expand with all it attendant problems.

The Carmel Valley city incorporation element should know that their unbridled growth premise can only be justified through exaggeration and supposition. A letter to the editor should present these figures and expose the hucksters.


Data WATCH – Dated May 2, 2005

The official census report from the California Department of Finance was released on May 2, 2005. Here are some population facts and reflect the latest available for the state.

Monterey County --- 425,102 (percent of change from January 1, 2004 is 0.6%)

California – 36.8 (percent change from January 1, 2004 is 1.5%)

The state added 539,000 residents in 2004 continuing the pattern since 2001 of a slowing growth rate. Monterey County gained 2,633 residents in 2004.

Population Update for Monterey County by area:

Jurisdiction 1/1/2004 1/1/2005 Percentage Change

Carmel-by-the Seas: 4,113 4,078 -0.09%

Del Rey Oaks: 1,658 1,642 -1.0%

Gonzales: 8,447 8,374 -0.9%

Greenfield: 13,201 13,316 0.9%

King City: 11,506 11,396 -1.0%

Marina: 19,165 18,993 -0.9%

Monterey: 30,314 30,641 1.1%

Pacific Grove: 15,615 15,480 -0.9%

Salinas: 152,590 152,677 0.1%

Sand City: 380 301 -2.3%

Seaside: 33,386 34.918 4.6%

Soledad: 26,239 27,316 4.1%

Balance of County: 105,926 105,970 0.0%

(Population increase in unincorporated areas: 44)

(Unincorporated areas include: Carmel Valley, Big Sur, Castroville, Moss Landing, Pajaro, Pebble Beach, Prunedale, San Ardo, San Lucas, Spreckels, Los Lomas, and Chualar. (In effort to incorporate Carmel Valley, various population statistics have emerged ranging from 11,000 to 11,700. The final boundaries have not been fixed as of this Data Watch.) The Soledad population includes close to 12,000 in prison population since the city annexed the two correctional facility areas.

Source: California Dept. of Finance Released dated May 2, 2005

Compiled by: Ernest Hoffman: Results Consulting & Research
P.O. Box 2326, Monterey, CA. E-mail:
Phone: 831-375-6125 Fax: 372-5049

Last Updated: Dec 06, 08

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