Monterey County California Cities/Towns - Aromas, Big Sur, Boronda, Bradley, Carmel, Carmel Highlands, Carmel Valley Village, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Castroville, Chualar, Del Monte Forest, Del Rey Oaks, Elkhorn, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Las Lomas, Marina, Monterey, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove, Pajaro, Prunedale, Salinas (County Seat), San Ardo, San Lucas, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad, Spreckels

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Monterey County is a county located the U.S. state of California. As of 2000, the population was 401,762. The county seat is Salinas.

History
Monterey County was one of the original counties of California, created in 1850 at the time of statehood. The county derived its name from Monterey Bay. The bay was named by Sebastián Vizcaìno in 1602 in honor of the Conde de Monterrey (or 'Count of Monterrey'), then the Viceroy of New Spain. Monterrey is a variation of Monterrei, a municipality in the Galicia region of Spain from which the Conde de Monterrey and his father (the Fourth Count of Monterrei) were from.

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