Introduction to Seaside, California

Seaside, California, in Monterey county, is 11 miles SW of Salinas, California (center to center) and 50 miles S of San Jose, California. It's part of the surrounding Salinas metro area.

Seaside History

The history of the city makes it seem like a community of change. Until a few years ago, Ford Ord managed a training facility on a tract of land that the U.S. Army purchased in Seaside. The entry of soldiers and their visiting families influenced the shape of business in the city. Ford Ord is still fresh in the minds of citizens of the city. Seaside today occupies just a little less than 9 square miles of land along the ocean next to one of the nation's largest national marine life sanctuaries in Monterey Bay.

Seaside and Nearby Attractions

  • Laguna Grande Regional Park.
  • Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
  • Marina Dunes RV Park.
  • Marina State Beach.
  • Monterey Bay.
  • Seaside State Beach.

Things To Do In Seaside

Seaside city is famous for its lovely beaches which have long walkable stretches of sands and beautiful sand dunes. These are ideal for taking a dog for a walk or just taking a sunset stroll. There are also many parks in the city which offer ball fields, volleyball courts, horseshoes pits and picnic facilities.

Seaside Transportation

The nearest major public airport that serves the city is San Francisco International.

Seaside Higher Education

The city is served by California State University-Monterey Bay.


Total Population 33,999
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 15,396
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22%
Median Earnings25+ $27,904
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,293
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,829


Median Family Income $53,092
% Above Poverty Level 81.3%
% Below Poverty Level 18.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.3%
% Using Public Transportation 6.6%


People Living Alone 21.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,444
Median House Value $346,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 65.7%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.9%
Irish 5.3%

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

Seaside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 50 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93955
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.611
Longitude -121.85

Seaside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 4.1 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 14.4 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
Distance 22.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carmel-by-the-Sea 3,834 $103,841
Del Rey Oaks 1,673 $108,667
Marina 20,537 $61,725
Monterey 28,283 $84,941
Pacific Grove 15,505 $98,571
Sand City 312 $32,679

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

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Seaside High Schools

Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,414 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.8

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