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Some of the cities, towns, and places in Monterey County are Ambler Park, Aromas, Big Sur, Big Sur Village, Boronda, Bradley, Bryson, California State University, Monterey Bay, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley Village, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Castroville, Chualar, Corral de Tierra, Defense Language Institute, Del Monte Forest, Del Rey Oaks, Elkhorn, Fort Hunter Liggett, Fort Ord, Gonzales, Gorda, Greenfield, Jacks Peak Park, Jamesburg, Jolon, King City, Laguna Seca Ranch, Las Lomas, Lockwood, Marina, Monterey, Monterey Peninsula, Moss Landing, Naval Postgraduate School, Notleys Landing, Old Hilltown, Pacific Grove, Pacific Grove Acres, Pajaro, Parkfield, Pebble Beach, Pine Canyon, Plaskett, Posts, Presidio of Monterey, presidios, Prunedale, Robles Del Rio, Salinas, San Ardo, San Benancio, San Lucas, Sand City, Seaside, Slates Hot Springs, Soledad, Spreckels, Springtown, Tassajara Hot Springs, White Rock

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Monterey County, officially the County of Monterey, is a county located on the Pacific coast of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 415,057. The county seat and largest city is Salinas.Monterey County comprises the Salinas, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It borders the Monterey Bay, from which it derives its name. The northern half of the bay is in Santa Cruz County. 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 sparsely populated.