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Overview

Introduction to Marina, California

Marina, California, in Monterey county, is 8 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center) and 45 miles S of San Jose, California. The city is considered part of the Salinas metropolitan area.

Marina History

The coastal city of Marina is in close proximity to Fort Ord, and hence has a prominent military presence. It is just north of the Monterey Peninsula, and is famous for its sand dunes and recreational opportunities. Until the late 19th century, the area was used primarily for farming and ranching. It was only in the 1900s that a town developed in this region. The town had different names at different points of time, like Bardin, Locke-Paddon Colonies, and Paddonville. The town was finally named 'Marina' in 1918 by the developer William Locke-Paddon. Initially, the town was promoted as a stop for travelers on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The city finally got a huge boost in terms of progress post the war in 1950s, and was formally incorporated in 1975. It is now considered "The Gateway to the Monterey Peninsula."

Marina and nearby Attractions

  • Marina Chamber of Commerce.
  • Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries.
  • Fort Ord Post Stockade.
  • Marina Village Shopping Center.
  • Epiphany Lutheran Church.
  • Locke-Paddom Wetlands Park.

Things To Do In Marina

Visitors to Marina can enjoy the State Beach, which boasts of 170 acres of protected sand dunes. Beachcombers will probably find the sea too rough to enjoy swimming, but the beach allows a lot of space for tanning and beach games. The State Beach is a popular place offering opportunities for surfing, hang-gliding, and fishing. Art enthusiasts can check out the Sculpture Habitat at the Marina Airport which features sculptures created by local and national artists. There is also a new skate park that allows skateboarding and rollerblading. The city's other parks have facilities for softball and baseball games. Those interested in the historic sites can take a tour of the Marina Chamber of Commerce and the Marina Branch Monterey County Free Libraries.

Marina Transportation

The local airport is Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

Marina Higher Education

The California State University-Monterey Bay serves the city.

People

Total Population 20,537
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 13.3%
Employed Population 16+ 9,427
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.9%
Median Earnings25+ $36,397
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,205
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,458

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,725
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,151
Median House Value $360,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.5%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 6.9%

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

Marina Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles W of Salinas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 45 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93933
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.684
Longitude -121.801

Marina 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 7.6 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 MONTEREY
Distance 9.5 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
Station WATSONVILLE WATERWORKS
Distance 17.3 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
Del Rey Oaks 1,673 $108,667
Monterey 28,283 $84,941
Pacific Grove 15,505 $98,571
Sand City 312 $32,679
Seaside 33,999 $53,092
Watsonville 52,543 $47,604

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

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831-582-9820
A Charter School.
Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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