dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Salinas, California

Founded in the 1820s, Salinas is a city of nearly 150,000 people. Salinas is the county seat of Monterey County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Salinas has a metropolitan population of slightly over 400,000 people.

Salinas is located in central California about twenty minutes from the coast. It is an hour south of San Jose, an hour and forty-five minutes south of San Francisco, and twenty-five minutes northeast of Monterey. Salinas is in a very rich farming region that produces fruit and vegetables. It is known as the "Salad Bowl of America" because over 80% of the lettuce grown in the United States is grown in the Salinas area.

Salinas weather can be characterized as cool and moderate. September is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. December and January are the coolest months with an average daily temperature of 63 degrees. Salinas receives a little over 14 inches of rain a year.

Salinas Arts and Entertainment

Salinas is a city of modest size that provides some nice arts and entertainment offerings. Salinas is also close to both Monterey and San Jose allowing residents to take advantage of cultural and entertainment offerings of those two cities. Some of the more notable offerings in Salinas include:

  • The California Rodeo Salinas
  • The The National Steinbeck Center
  • The Salinas Sports Complex
  • The Western Stage

Monterey county is also home to nearly 75 wineries including well known names such as Blackstone, Chalone, Estancia, and Hess.

For the sports enthusiast, nearby San Jose is home to the Arena Football League's (AFL) San Jose SaberCats, the Continental Basketball Association's San Jose SkyRockets, Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) San Jose Giants who are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the National Hockey League's (NHL) San Jose Sharks, and the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) San Jose Stealth.

People

Total Population 154,077
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 7.5%
Employed Population 16+ 63,522
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.6%
Median Earnings25+ $24,343
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,157
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,698

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,426
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 16.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,137
Median House Value $262,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.8%
US/American 0%
English 2.1%
Irish 2.5%

Salinas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 47 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93901, 93905, 93906, 93907, 93908
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93902, 93912, 93915, 93962
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.677
Longitude -121.654

Salinas 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 NO 2
Distance 1 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
Station SALINAS AP
Distance 3.1 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 MONTEREY
Distance 16 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salinas, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alisal (93905)

Corral de Tie (93908)

Corral de Tierra (93908)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Del Rey Oaks 1,727 $120,417
Marina 20,198 $63,477
Monterey 28,053 $80,615
San Juan Bautista 2,219 $59,321
Sand City 355 $34,750
Seaside 33,729 $53,926

Salinas Public Libraries

Library
Monterey County Free Libraries
26 CENTRAL AVE.
Salinas, California
(831) 755-5838
Salinas Public Library
110 W. SAN LUIS ST.
Salinas, California
(831) 758-7314
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Salinas Hospitals

SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
450 EAST ROMIE LANE
(831) 757-4333
Emergency Service: Yes

NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1441 CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD
(831) 755-4195
Emergency Service: Yes

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • M.Div: Homiletics
  • MA Christian Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
  • Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Programs
  • Bookkeeping
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • HVACR Technician
  • Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Programs
  • Health Information/Medical Billing & Coding
  • You’ve expressed interest in Blue Cliff College before, now we have online programs to better fit your busy lifestyle. Enroll now!

Programs
  • Master of Science in Accounting - Forensic Accounting
  • MS in Management/Project Management
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Work toward your graduate degree with New England College Online.

Programs
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course
  • Grooming Instruction
  • Interested in a career as a professional dog trainer? Animal Behavior College is the place to start.

Salinas High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SALINAS HIGH
726 S. MAIN ST.
831-796-7400
Serves 2,617 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

EVERETT ALVAREZ HIGH
1900 INDEPENDENCE BLVD.
831-796-7810
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

ALISAL HIGH
777 WILLIAMS ROAD
831-796-7610
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,177 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

NORTH SALINAS HIGH
55 KIP DR.
831-796-7500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,001 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

SPECIAL EDUCATION
132 W. MARKET ST.
831-755-6437
A Special Education School
Serves 794 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

MONTEREY COUNTY HOME CHARTER
901 BLANCO CIR.
831-755-0331
A Charter School.
Serves 377 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

MOUNT TORO HIGH
10 SHERWOOD PLACE
831-796-7700
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

SALINAS COMMUNITY
1420 NATIVIDAD ROAD
831-755-0300
A Non-traditional School
Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

WELLINGTON M. SMITH JR. SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 80851
831-755-6457
A Non-traditional School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

Salinas Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Additional Details
Salinas Careers
Salinas career and employment information.
Salinas Colleges
Salinas colleges and trade schools.
Salinas Graduate Schools
Salinas Graduate and Business Schools
Study Online in Salinas
Matching School Ads

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Salinas Government Officials


Are you an official in the Salinas government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104