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Overview

Introduction to Gonzales, California

Gonzales, California, in Monterey county, is 16 miles SE of Salinas, California and 62 miles SE of San Jose, California. Gonzales is part of the surrounding Salinas metro area.

Gonzales History

Gonzales was named after its founders, Dr. Mariano Gonzalez and Alfredo Gonzalez, who first arrived here in 1874. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the city in 1872. Gonzales was incorporated in 1947.

Gonzales and Nearby Attractions

  • Fremont Peak State Park.
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
  • Toro County Park.
  • Pinnacles National Monument.
  • Steinbeck House.
  • National Steinbeck Center.

Things To Do In Gonzales

Gonzales provides amenities for various types of recreational opportunities. The Centennial Park, Central Park, Toro County Park and Fremont Peak State Park are nearby. History buffs should visit the local museums like Colton Hall Museum, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and Capitola Historical Museum. The city has libraries like Soledad Branch Library and Gonzales Branch Library which have huge resources on varied topics.

Gonzales Transportation

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International is the nearest major airport.

Gonzales Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include California State University-Monterey Bay, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,401
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens6.3%
Employed Population 16+3,146
Age of the Population28

Families

% of people married50.6%
Average household size4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.4%
Median Earnings25+$26,942
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,715
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,100

Wealth

Median Family Income$50,884
% Above Poverty Level76.6%
% Below Poverty Level23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone12.9%
Median Gross Rent$1,179
Median House Value$253,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)84.5%
Italian1.5%
German1.2%
Irish0.9%
Arab0.6%
Jordanian0.5%
Portuguese0.5%
Swedish0.4%
French Except Basque0.3%
Scottish0.3%
Swiss0.2%
Dutch0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Gonzales Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monterey County
Standard Zip Codes93926
Phone Area Codes831
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.54
Approximate Longitude-121.39

Gonzales Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSALINAS AP
Distance14.1 miles
Jan Temp41 to 61 F
Apr Temp46 to 67 F
Jul Temp55 to 71 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip12.9 inches
StationPINNACLES NATL MONUMENT
Distance14.5 miles
Jan Temp34 to 63 F
Apr Temp39 to 73 F
Jul Temp51 to 94 F
Oct Temp43 to 82 F
Annual Precip17.3 inches
StationHOLLISTER 2
Distance23.8 miles
Jan Temp38 to 61 F
Apr Temp43 to 71 F
Jul Temp52 to 81 F
Oct Temp47 to 78 F
Annual Precip13.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Del Rey Oaks1,683$108,214
Greenfield16,994$43,967
Marina20,816$68,723
Salinas155,889$53,864
Sand City301$48,125
Soledad25,616$60,053

Gonzales Public Schools

Fairview Middle
401 Fourth St.
ZIP: 93926
Middle
Total Enrollment 725
Gonzales High
501 Fifth St.
ZIP: 93926
High
Total Enrollment 761
La Gloria Elementary
220 Elko St.
ZIP: 93926
Primary
Total Enrollment 948
Somavia High
650 Elko St.
ZIP: 93926
High
Total Enrollment 43
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