Monterey County, officially known as the County of Monterey, is a county located on the Pacific coast of California. The population of Monterey County is roughly 415,057 and the county seat is Salinas, the largest city in the county. Most of their residents live near the northern coast and Salinas Valley, while the southern coast and inland mountain regions are sparsely populated. Monterey County is a member of the regional governmental agency, Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments. Their economy mostly comes from tourism in the coastal regions and agriculture in the Salinas River valley.
The County of Monterey is a county located on the Pacific coast of California with a total area of 3,771 square miles (9,770 km2), of which 3,281 square miles (8,500 km2) is land and 491 square miles (1,270 km2) (13%) is water, bordering Monterey Bay. The county is about 1.5 times larger than the state of Delaware.
Monterey County's time of statehood was 1850, being one of the original counties of California. In 1874, portions of the county were given to San Benito County. Monterey county was originally populated by Ohlone, Salinan and Esselen tribes. The city of Monterey was the capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, has made the county world-famous.