Introduction to Soledad, California

Soledad, California, in Monterey county, is 25 miles SE of Salinas, California and 70 miles SE of San Jose, California. The city is part of the Salinas metropolitan statistical area. About 11,263 people live in Soledad.

Soledad History

Soledad was founded by Fermín Lasuén as a Spanish mission on October 9, 1791. In 1874, the present day community of Soledad began taking root. The land was then owned by the Munras family, who sold it in 1886. The Southern Pacific Railroad laid rails in this area in the late 1880s. This general law city was incorporated in 1921.

Soledad and nearby Attractions

  • Vosti Park
  • San Antonio Lake
  • Salinas Valley State Prison
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Arroyo Seco Wilderness Area
  • Monterey Peninsula Beaches

Things To Do In Soledad

Soledad is known as the "World's Salad Bowl" and is surrounded by the beautiful Gabilan Mountains. There are several wine vineyards, as well as lettuce, asparagus and broccoli fields in the town. Recreational facilities include hiking, camping, boating and other sports activities. You can also find a number of shopping areas within the city.

Soledad Transportation

The Monterey Peninsula Airport is nearby.

Soledad Higher Education

The nearby college is Hartnell College.


Total Population 26,008
Male Share of the Population 69.8%
Female Share of the Population 30.2%
Senior Citizens 5.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,053
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 36.2%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 3.7%
Median Earnings25+ $24,503
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,309
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,799


Median Family Income $46,651
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 7.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,126
Median House Value $199,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 85.7%
US/American 0%
English 1.5%
Irish 3.3%

Soledad Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles SE of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 70 miles SE of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93960
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.424
Longitude -121.325

Soledad Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 8.9 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
Distance 22.7 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 29.9 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
Gonzales 8,336 $43,370
Greenfield 16,715 $49,544
King City 13,171 $41,087
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A Title I School.
Serves 850 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.5

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 69 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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