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.