Monterey is a city of natural beauty with a rich cultural heritage. It’s the oldest city in the state, founded in 1770, and was the state capital for a time. The first California Constitution was signed there in 1849, and the city was incorporated in 1850. Today, Monterey is a thriving community of 29,700 (plus 2,500 in unincorporated areas). Montereyans pride themselves on living in a clean and safe environment.