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Overview

Introduction to Salinas, California

Founded in the 1820s, Salinas is the county seat of Monterey County. Salinas is located in central California about twenty minutes from the coast. It is an hour south of San Jose, an hour and 45 minutes south of San Francisco, and 25 minutes northeast of Monterey. Salinas is in a very rich farming region that produces fruit and vegetables. It is known as the "Salad Bowl of America" because over 80% of the lettuce grown in the United States is grown in the Salinas area.

Salinas weather can be characterized as cool and moderate. September is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 75 degrees. December and January are the coolest months with an average daily temperature of 63 degrees. Salinas receives a little over 14 inches of rain a year.

Salinas Arts and Entertainment

Salinas is a city of modest size that provides some nice arts and entertainment offerings. Salinas is also close to both Monterey and San Jose allowing residents to take advantage of cultural and entertainment offerings of those two cities. Some of the more notable offerings in Salinas include:

  • The California Rodeo Salinas.
  • The The National Steinbeck Center.
  • The Salinas Sports Complex.
  • The Western Stage.

Monterey county is also home to nearly 75 wineries including well known names such as Blackstone, Chalone, Estancia and Hess.

For the sports enthusiast, nearby San Jose is home to the Arena Football League's (AFL) San Jose SaberCats, the Continental Basketball Association's San Jose SkyRockets, Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) San Jose Giants who are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, the National Hockey League's (NHL) San Jose Sharks and the National Lacrosse League's (NLL) San Jose Stealth.

People

Total Population 155,366
Male Share of the Population 50.2%
Female Share of the Population 49.8%
Senior Citizens 7.8%
Employed Population 16+ 64,350
Age of the Population 30

Families

% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12%
Median Earnings25+ $23,757
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,945
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,658

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,326
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 17.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,152
Median House Value $276,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 82.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 2%
Irish 2.7%

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

Salinas Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 47 miles S of San Jose, California
County Monterey
Metro Area Salinas
Standard Zip Codes 93901, 93905, 93906, 93907, 93908
P.O. Box Zip Codes 93902, 93912, 93915, 93962
Phone Area Codes 831
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.677
Longitude -121.654

Salinas 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 1 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 SALINAS AP
Distance 3.1 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
Station MONTEREY
Distance 16 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Salinas, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Alisal (93905)

Corral de Tie (93908)

Corral de Tierra (93908)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Del Rey Oaks 1,673 $108,667
Marina 20,537 $61,725
Monterey 28,283 $84,941
San Juan Bautista 2,250 $63,500
Sand City 312 $32,679
Seaside 33,999 $53,092

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

Salinas Public Libraries

Library
Monterey County Free Libraries
26 CENTRAL AVE.
Salinas, California
(831) 755-5838
Salinas Public Library
110 W. SAN LUIS ST.
Salinas, California
(831) 758-7314
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Salinas Hospitals

SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
450 EAST ROMIE LANE
(831) 757-4333
Emergency Service: Yes

NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1441 CONSTITUTION BOULEVARD
(831) 755-4195
Emergency Service: Yes

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Salinas High Schools

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SALINAS HIGH
726 S. MAIN ST.
831-796-7400
Serves 2,617 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

EVERETT ALVAREZ HIGH
1900 INDEPENDENCE BLVD.
831-796-7810
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

ALISAL HIGH
777 WILLIAMS ROAD
831-796-7610
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,177 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.7

NORTH SALINAS HIGH
55 KIP DR.
831-796-7500
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,001 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26

SPECIAL EDUCATION
132 W. MARKET ST.
831-755-6437
A Special Education School
Serves 794 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

MONTEREY COUNTY HOME CHARTER
901 BLANCO CIR.
831-755-0331
A Charter School.
Serves 377 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

MOUNT TORO HIGH
10 SHERWOOD PLACE
831-796-7700
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 325 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

SALINAS COMMUNITY
1420 NATIVIDAD ROAD
831-755-0300
A Non-traditional School
Serves 134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

WELLINGTON M. SMITH JR. SCHOOL
P.O. BOX 80851
831-755-6457
A Non-traditional School
Serves 93 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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