Monterey, Virginia

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Monterey is a town in Highland County, Virginia, United States. The population was 158 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Highland County[3].



Monterey is located at 38°24′43″N 79°34′50″W / 38.41194°N 79.58056°W / 38.41194; -79.58056 (38.411888, -79.580468)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Economy and tourism

Monterey is located on U.S. Route 250, which was built through the area in the 1840s as a portion of the historic Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike which linked the upper Shenandoah Valley with the Ohio River.[5] The town of Monterey is heavily dependent on agriculture and on niche tourism generated from its many events and shops catering to tourists visiting for the tranquility and mountain air. The biggest festival is the Highland County Maple Festival, held on the second and third weekends of March, which brings roughly 50,000 visitors to the area.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 158 people, 90 households, and 44 families residing in the town. The population density was 512.2 people per square mile (196.8/km²). There were 141 housing units at an average density of 457.1/sq mi (175.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.47% White, 1.27% Native American, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 90 households out of which 16.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.6% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.1% were non-families. 48.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.76 and the average family size was 2.48.

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