Marina, California

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Marina, California

Introduction to Marina, California

Marina, California, in Monterey county, is 8 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center) and 45 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is considered part of the Salinas metropolitan area. Marina has a population of 25,101.

Marina History

The coastal city of Marina is in close proximity to Fort Ord, and hence has a prominent military presence. It is just north of the Monterey Peninsula, and is famous for its sand dunes and recreational opportunities. Until the late 19th century, the area was used primarily for farming and ranching. It was only in the 1900s that a town developed in this region. The town had different names at different points of time, like Bardin, Locke-Paddon Colonies, and Paddonville. The town was finally named 'Marina' in 1918 by the developer William Locke-Paddon. Initially, the town was promoted as a stop for travelers on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The city finally got a huge boost in terms of progress post the war in 1950s, and was formally incorporated in 1975. It is now considered "The Gateway to the Monterey Peninsula."

Marina and nearby Attractions

  • Marina Chamber of Commerce
  • Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries
  • Fort Ord Post Stockade
  • Marina Village Shopping Center
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church
  • Locke-Paddom Wetlands Park

Things To Do In Marina

Visitors to Marina can enjoy the State Beach, which boasts of 170 acres of protected sand dunes. Beachcombers will probably find the sea too rough to enjoy swimming, but the beach allows a lot of space for tanning and beach games. The State Beach is a popular place offering opportunities for surfing, hang-gliding, and fishing. Art enthusiasts can check out the Sculpture Habitat at the Marina Airport which features sculptures created by local and national artists. There is also a new skate park that allows skateboarding and rollerblading. The city's other parks have facilities for softball and baseball games. Those interested in the historic sites can take a tour of the Marina Chamber of Commerce and the Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries.

Marina Transportation

The local airport is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Marina Higher Education

The California State University-Monterey Bay serves the city.

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High Points

Marina strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Marina Racial Diversity
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 19% Marina Low Property Crime

Comparative Profile of Marina, California

Comparing Marina to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Racial Diversity 9 8
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Age of the Population 3 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Senior Citizens 2 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 5
Portion of People Married 6 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 4 5
Median Family Income 4 5
People Above Poverty 4 5
College Educated Adults 2 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Short Commute Times 6 8
Public Transportation Use 6 6
Working at Home 6 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 9 8
Housing Recently Built 7 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 4
Affordability of Rents 3 5
People Living Alone 3 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 9 8
Low Violent Crime 7 7

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Marina Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93933
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.684
Longitude -121.801

Marina Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station SALINAS NO 2
Distance 7.6 miles
Jan Temp 41 to 63 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 53 to 71 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Distance 9.5 miles
Jan Temp 43 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 64 F
Jul Temp 52 to 68 F
Oct Temp 51 to 70 F
Annual Precip 20.3 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 61 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 53 to 72 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 23.2 inches
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Marina Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 25,101 100%
Male 14,367 57.2%
Female 10,734 42.8%
Under 18 5,356 21.3%
18+ 19,745 78.7%
65+ 1,978 7.9%
Median Age 32.3
Average Family Size 3.25
White 10,979 43.7%
African-American 3,600 14.3%
Asian 4,084 16.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 186 0.7%
Other 3,718 14.8%
Mixed Race 2,006 8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 5,822 23.2%

Estimated Marina Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 19,006
Growth -6,095
Growth % -24.3%

Marina Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.8%
German 8.4%
Italian 4.7%
Irish 4.4%
English 4.2%
US/American 2.8%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
European 1.1%
Scottish 1%
Portuguese 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Swedish 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Polish 0.6%
African 0.6%
Nigerian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
British 0.3%
Finnish 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Greek 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Marina 25,101 $46,139
Del Rey Oaks 1,650 $70,119
Monterey 29,674 $58,757
Pacific Grove 15,522 $59,569
Sand City 261 $37,500
Seaside 31,696 $43,259
Watsonville 44,265 $40,293
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Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 16

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