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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
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Salinas is a city in California with a population of 156,550. Salinas is in Monterey County. Living in Salinas offers residents a dense suburban 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
156,550

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$378,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,299
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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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
    341.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12
    6.1
  • Rape
    63.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    202.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    565.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,374.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    773.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    41%
    13%

Working in Salinas

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,598
National
$55,322
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Salinas Reviews

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Salinas is a great area; people that reside here are authentic, genuine, and are passionate to build relationships and better know their community. Other than the amazing community, the weather is cool and mostly stays in the mid 60s. We have beautiful beaches ten to fifteen miles away, and amazing touristy places to explore. Monterey is just around the corner, taking you to Pacific Grove, all the way to the beautiful Big Sur. It's an amazing area to reside in with so many opportunities to build a safe strong community and explore scenic areas.
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Salinas is a decent city. It is surrounded by agricultural fields thus receiving the nick name "The salad bowl". There is a large Hispanic community, but has a lot of diversity. Salinas is home to the famous author John Steinbeck. There is a museum in old town to commemorate him. Salinas is also full of activities, you can go to the sports complex, were there is a rodeo every year during the summer along with year long events such as concerts, or visit one of the many parks or shopping centers. Salinas however, does have some disadvantages. There is quite of bit of homelessness and over population. Homelessness can be seen in central Salinas and over population can be seen in the East side. Overall, it is an average city.
Living in Salinas is average. There are plenty of employment opportunities of various degrees. The community is predominantly Hispanic and the diet is relatively healthy. There is access to plenty of stores and recreational activities. Though, the commute to work or school can be a little time consuming. Houses can be somewhat expensive, but it depends on what area you live in. Live is fast paced there. Sometimes, there is violence, so you may want to take that into consideration prior to moving there.