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Overview

Introduction to Gonzales, California

Gonzales, California, in Monterey county, is 16 miles SE of Salinas, California and 62 miles SE of San Jose, California. Gonzales is part of the surrounding Salinas metro area.

Gonzales History

Gonzales was named after its founders, Dr. Mariano Gonzalez and Alfredo Gonzalez, who first arrived here in 1874. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the city in 1872. Gonzales was incorporated in 1947.

Gonzales and Nearby Attractions

  • Fremont Peak State Park.
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
  • Toro County Park.
  • Pinnacles National Monument.
  • Steinbeck House.
  • National Steinbeck Center.

Things To Do In Gonzales

Gonzales provides amenities for various types of recreational opportunities. The Centennial Park, Central Park, Toro County Park and Fremont Peak State Park are nearby. History buffs should visit the local museums like Colton Hall Museum, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and Capitola Historical Museum. The city has libraries like Soledad Branch Library and Gonzales Branch Library which have huge resources on varied topics.

Gonzales Transportation

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International is the nearest major airport.

Gonzales Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include California State University-Monterey Bay, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.

People

Total Population 8,378
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 5.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,075
Age of the Population 28

Families

% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,993
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,379
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,010

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,691
% Above Poverty Level 77%
% Below Poverty Level 23%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 9.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,181
Median House Value $218,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 84.8%
US/American 0%
English 0%
Irish 0.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Gonzales Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SE of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 62 miles SE of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93926
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.506
Longitude -121.443

Gonzales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station SALINAS AP
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 61 F
Apr Temp 46 to 67 F
Jul Temp 55 to 71 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Station PINNACLES NATL MONUMENT
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 63 F
Apr Temp 39 to 73 F
Jul Temp 51 to 94 F
Oct Temp 43 to 82 F
Annual Precip 17.3 inches
Station HOLLISTER 2
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 52 to 81 F
Oct Temp 47 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Del Rey Oaks 1,673 $108,667
Greenfield 16,869 $46,983
Marina 20,537 $61,725
Salinas 155,366 $51,326
Sand City 312 $32,679
Soledad 25,826 $48,883

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Gonzales High Schools

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GONZALES HIGH
501 5TH ST.
831-675-2495
A Title I School.
Serves 711 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

PINNACLES HIGH (CONT.)
431 FRONT ST. SOLEDAD
831-678-3066
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 64 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.1

SOMAVIA HIGH SCHOOL (CONT.)
650 ELKO STREET
831-675-1081
A Non-traditional School
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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