St. Dunstan’s on California’s Central Coast –
The Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley

Our Blessed Location

Hugging the Central Coast of California, the Monterey Peninsula is known for near-perfect weather and gorgeous vistas.  As you move inland from the coastal beaches, you enter a beautiful valley with purple mountains rippling toward the east.

There you’ll find St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church.

St. Dunstan’s lies halfway between the upscale town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the west and eclectic Carmel Valley Village to the east, enjoying the contrasts they have with each other.

The Monterey Peninsula is Rich with Beauty and Art

The Monterey Peninsula has much to offer its residents in addition to its scenic beauty.  Music and the performing arts are abundant, with the Bach Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Monterey Pops among the best-known annual events. Distinguished artists from every musical genre visit regularly and perform in venues large and small, including the Hidden Valley Music Institute nearby.  Fine arts are well represented in multiple galleries.

Agriculture, Dining and Wine

We live in what is known as the “salad bowl of the world,” with beautifully tended agricultural fields stretching in every direction. Dining options are many, with choices that represent a range of ethnic influences.  Our many winemakers are especially proud of the regional terroir.

Outdoor Life

The outdoor life beckons with hiking, biking, fishing, scuba diving, surfing, camping, golf, and horseback riding. For families, there’s lots to see and do and enjoy.

Local Education Opportunities

We have fine public school systems, with the Carmel Unified School District educating Carmel Valley students, along with excellent private schools.  Residents pursuing higher education are well served by California State University, Monterey Bay and Monterey Peninsula College.  Advanced educational experiences with an international lens are offered by the Naval Postgraduate School, the Defense Language Institute, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  All offer enrichment programs for the public.

We are blessed to live in a singularly beautiful place to work, play, learn, and worship.

Facts By the Numbers

Demographics and the ExecutiveInsite Report

The ExecutiveInsite Report cited here was prepared for the Episcopal Church Center, Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society. The study area consists of Carmel Valley and adjacent areas in zip codes 93921, 93923, and 93924. The report provides data from 2010 through projections to 2028. For the purposes of the St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church rector search, however, the focus will be on anticipated trends from 2018 – 2023, with a closeup of three principal areas: population and ethnic trends; incomes; and educational attainment and employment.  

Population and Ethnic Trends in the study area 2018 – 2023

The population in 2018 was 22,720 and by 2023 it is projected to be 23,320, an increase of 2.6% (population numbers have been rounded for simplicity). In 2018 the two largest ethnic groups were whites at 85.6% and Hispanic and Latinos at 7.8% with 6.6% of the population consisting of other ethnicities. By 2023 these percentages will be little changed.

The average age in the study area is and remains 52 years in the period 2018 – 2023. This compares with an average age of 39 years statewide in California. The largest projected increases are 3.8% in the 25-34 ages and 3.2% for 65+, while the largest decrease, -5.7% is anticipated in the 55-64 age group. In this five-year period early elementary children (ages 5-9) are expected to increase from 740 to 985, an increase of 33.1%, late elementary and middle school students will decrease from 840 to 810, or -3.6%, and high school students from 555 to 470, dropping 15.3%.


Average study area household incomes in 2018-2023 are projected to increase from approximately $142,900 to $151,200, or 5.8%. However, this increase is not anticipated to be spread evenly across all wage categories; the largest increase projected of 2.3% is for households with annual incomes of $200,000 or greater. The households having current incomes of $100,000 to $150,000 are projected to experience an increase of 0.6% and the $25,000 -35,000 group is expected to experience an increase of 0.1%.   All other income brackets are expected to have changes of 0% to -0.8%.

Median household incomes in 2018 vary significantly by race and ethnicity. Households identified as White/Anglo have an approximate annual income of $102,300, Black/African-American households $88,500, Asian households $84,100, Hispanic/Latino households $77,000, and Pacific-Islander/Native-American/other households $60,800. No 2023 projections of these data are given in the study.

The projected annual change in average household income in the study area from 2018-2023 is approximately 1.1%, a rate below expected annual inflation. Although not examined in the study, it can be inferred that the significant differences in household incomes largely reflect the educational opportunities and attainments of the study area members and, consequently, their enhanced employment opportunities.

Educational Attainment and Employment

In 2018 more than half, 58.1%, of the study area residents had completed bachelor’s degrees or graduate/professional degrees compared with 31.5% of statewide residents. In 2018 these educational attainments led to more than 75% of study area residents having white-collar jobs compared with 63% statewide.

Religious Program/Ministry Preferences Survey Findings

An important item for the demographic survey for St. Dunstan’s is the response to the religious program or ministry preferences. This survey item compared responses from the study area with those from the entire U.S. Responses concerning five major areas were tabulated: Personal Growth; Family Support and Intervention Services; Community Involvement and Advocacy Programs; Community Activities or Cultural Programs; and Religious/Spiritual Programs.

The study area and the U.S. share similar combined ratings of very important or modestly important on three of the five major areas: Family Support and Intervention Services (approximately 48% responded very important or modestly important); Community Involvement and Advocacy Programs (approximately 62%); and Community Activities or Cultural Programs (approximately 57%). The study area rated as least important was the category Personal Growth, with a positive rating of 36.8% in the study area and 41.2% in the U.S.

The largest difference between the study area and the U.S. was in the category of Religious/Spiritual Programs, which was rated positively by 38.6% in the study area and 55.5% in the U.S. It seems likely that this differing perception of importance reflects a smaller percentage of children in the study area than in the U.S. The demographic study supports this hypothesis when comparing the study area, which has an average age of 52 years, with the state of California’s average age of 39 years.


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