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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Salinas is a city in California with a population of 156,811. Salinas is in Monterey County. Living in Salinas offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Salinas there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Salinas and residents tend to be liberal.
About Salinas...
Population
156,811

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$342,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,232
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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Salinas Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    356.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    17.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    44.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    226.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    608.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,635.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    784.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    8%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    40%
    13%

Working in Salinas

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$54,864
National
$55,322
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Salinas Reviews

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There is always something to do in Salinas such as going to the mall, parks, downtown area or trying restaurants around the area. They are adding new stores to the mall which I am looking forward to an arcade and bowling area. Salinas has changed a lot and I hope they update downtown Salinas. The Maya Cinemas is the best movie theater in Salinas! They have comfy chairs, good lighting, and sound. After the movies, you can go grab some food at Portebellos, or a coffee at Cherry Bean.
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Salinas, a somewhat humble city known as the Salad Bowl of the World, the birthplace of John Steinbeck. Landmarks and tourist attractions are many. The restaurants are abundant, and shopping is not a disappointment. However, it is also a disturbed city. The rates of homicides and other crimes are high. A bandmate of mine was attacked in his own neighborhood, a short distance from his house, by three or four people for his instrument. Many homeless people can be found. The deaths of animals in the streets are tragic, and trash litters a number of places. The distinction between the poorer part and the more well-off part of the city is clear. However, everyone's living experience varies. Despite coming from a working-class family, I can say that my experience with Salinas has not been all negative. The schools are great and the neighborhood relatively quiet. A diversity of ethnicities can be found within this city, and numerous cultures are around - this makes for a positive experience.
Entering this city there is a warm feeling of strong sense of community. Its rich agriculture heavily influences lifestyle, careers, and local entertainment. Salinas is less than an hour from the Monterey Bay beach, San Juan Bautista Mission, Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Here you will find the uttermost hard working migrant farm workers that provide food distributed throughout the world. The children of migrant workers are my classmates at Hartnell community college. Many of us hope to one day return as mentors and serve the Salinas community as engineers, teachers, and more. We have the best local supporters like Matsui Nursery, Taylor Farms and The California Rodeo Salinas who invest in the future of Salinas students by providing college scholarships. Future generations are the critical backbone for the important recognition on the agriculture in the beautiful city of Salinas. Ultimately I have learned that Salinas diversity in culture really molded me into the grateful person I am today.