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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population20,816
Male Share of the Population50.1%
Female Share of the Population49.9%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+9,483
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married41%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.3%
Median Earnings25+$39,087
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$15,399
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,657

Wealth

Median Family Income$68,723
% Above Poverty Level82.9%
% Below Poverty Level17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.7%
% Using Public Transportation3.1%

Housing

People Living Alone27.7%
Median Gross Rent$1,198
Median House Value$392,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)58.8%
German9.9%
Irish7.3%
Italian5.8%
English5.4%
African2.1%
French Except Basque1.8%
Portuguese1.6%
Polish1.1%
Scottish1.1%
Arab1.1%
Dutch0.8%
Swedish0.7%
Welsh0.6%
Russian0.6%
Greek0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Afghan)0.4%
Moroccan0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Iraqi0.3%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Belizean0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
South African0.1%
Sudanese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Czech0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Estonian0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
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Marina Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monterey County
Standard Zip Codes93933
Phone Area Codes831
Time ZoneAmerica/Los_Angeles
Approximate Latitude36.67
Approximate Longitude-121.79

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)

StationSALINAS NO 2
Distance7.6 miles
Jan Temp41 to 63 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp53 to 71 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip15.1 inches
StationMONTEREY
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp43 to 60 F
Apr Temp47 to 64 F
Jul Temp52 to 68 F
Oct Temp51 to 70 F
Annual Precip20.3 inches
StationWATSONVILLE WATERWORKS
Distance17.3 miles
Jan Temp39 to 61 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp53 to 72 F
Oct Temp48 to 72 F
Annual Precip23.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Del Rey Oaks1,683$108,214
Monterey28,472$92,274
Pacific Grove15,546$100,607
Sand City301$48,125
Seaside34,120$55,439
Watsonville52,915$49,980

Marina Public Libraries

Monterey County Free Libraries
188 SEASIDE CIRCLE
Marina, California
(831) 883-7573

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Marina Public Schools

J. C. Crumpton Elementary
460 Carmel Ave.
ZIP: 93933
Primary
Total Enrollment 365
Marina Childrens Center
3066 Lake Dr.
ZIP: 93933
Ione Olson Elementary
261 Beach Rd.
ZIP: 93933
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Marina High
298 Patton Pkwy.
ZIP: 93933
High
Total Enrollment 559
Los Arboles Middle
294 Hillcrest Ave.
ZIP: 93933
Middle
Total Enrollment 620
Learning For Life Charter
330 Reservation Rd., Ste. F
ZIP: 93933
High
Total Enrollment 75
Marina Vista Elementary
390 Carmel Ave.
ZIP: 93933
Primary
Total Enrollment 450

Marina Private Schools

Pegasus Montessori School
305 Reindollar Ave
ZIP: 93933
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
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