According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (8.85%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 25,101 people, 6,745 households, and 4,809 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,869.8 people per square mile (1,107.6/km²). There were 8,537 housing units at an average density of 976.0/sq mi (376.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.74% White, 14.34% African American, 0.74% Native American, 16.27% Asian, 2.10% Pacific Islander, 14.81% from other races, and 7.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.19% of the population.
There were 6,745 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 14.0% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 133.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 142.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,000, and the median income for a family was $46,139. Males had a median income of $43,139 versus $26,679 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,860. 13.1% of the population and 10.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.1% are under the age of 18 and 5.9% are 65 or older.
A windswept beach area between State Route 1 and Monterey Bay where water recreation (extremely hazardous), hang gliding and paragliding are popular. There is a boardwalk through the Marina Dunes Natural Preserves.