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Monterey County, California

93901, 93905, 93906, 93908

"Valley of the World"
"Salad Bowl of the World"

Page Contents for Salinas, California

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions



Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The California state capital is Sacramento.
The population of Salinas is approximately 143,920 (2000), 150441 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 34,577 (1990), 40387 (2010).
The amount of land area in Salinas is 48.24 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Salinas is 19.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Salinas to Washington DC is 2535 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 126 miles. (as the crow flies)
Salinas is positioned 36.68 degrees north of the equator and 121.63 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Salinas elevation is 53 feet above sea level.
Salinas median income is $ 50,165 (2005).
The Salinas median home price is $ 560,600 (2005).
Salinas average annual rainfall is 14.4 inches per year
Salinas average temperature is 68.2 degrees F.


On Hwy 101 east of Monterey Bay and south of San Francisco. It is between the Gabilan and Santa Lucia mountain ranges about 9 miles inland from Monterey Bay. It is 20 miles northeast of Monterey, 60 miles south of San Jose, 101 miles south of San Francisco and 325 miles north of Los Angeles. Other nearby communities include Boronda, Spreckels, Prunedale, Castroville, Elkhorn, Marina, Chualar and Moss Landing.
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moderate and Mediterranean-like in the summer. This page gives some climate information for the area as well as other information.
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mild. Because of its proximity to the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the temperatures never become extreme. Rain usually falls only in winter and early spring. Morning fog is usually followed by afternoon breezes. Here is a current weather page for Salinas.
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History & History Related Items

The motto for Salinas, "Valley of the World" comes from John Steinbeck, who is Salinas' famous son.

Here is a history page for Salinas.

When Mexico seceded from Spain in 1822, many land grants were given, including the area that would later become Salinas. It was named for a nearby salt marsh, becoming the County seat for Monterey County in 1872 and incorporating in 1874.

It became known as the Salad Bowl of the World because of the success in farming many salad ingredients such as broccoli, mushrooms, strawberries and others. The climate is perfect for growing thse and other crops such as grapes and flowers. It is not a surprise to learn that agriculture is the mainstay of the Salinas economy.
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Great pictures and more on Salinas.

Steinbeck Museum
One Main Street
Salinas, CA
Phone; 831-796-3833
This museum is a tribute to Steinbeck. Many of his novels were set in the Monterey Bay and Salinas Valley region.

Many resources and great links.

Learn more about Salinas at this site.

John Steinbeck
Salinas is the birthplace of this famous, Nobel Prize recipient.
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Economy & Industry

based mainly on agriculture
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Salinas City Government

City of Salinas official city site
200 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
City Clerk's Office 831.758.7381
City Manager's Office 831.758.7201
Fax: City Manager's Office 831.758.7368

The City Council appointed City Manager is responsible for all City departments except the appointed City Attorney. The City Council legislates policies, enacts ordinances, approves the budget and appoints advisory boards and commissions. The seven-member City Council includes six members, elected by district for four-year staggered terms on a nonpartisan basis, plus the Mayor who is elected at-large and serves a term of two years.

City Clerk
215 El Camino Real S
Salinas, CA 93908-8748
city clerk phone (831) 758-7381


Salinas is the county seat for Monterey County.

Monterey County Administrative
240 Church St., #218
Salinas, CA 93901-2683
Phone: 831-647-7715

Monterey County Clerk
240 Church St Fl 3
Salinas, CA 93901-2683
Phone: 831-755-5440

Monterey County Court House
240 Church St
Salinas, CA 93901-2683
Phone: 831-755-5000

Salinas Chamber

Salinas Valley Chamber Of Commerce
119 E Alisal St
P.O. Box 1170
Salinas, CA 93901-3501
Phone: 831-424-7611

Chamber Of Commerce
5 E Gabilan St # 206
Salinas, CA 93901-3446
Phone: 831-444-6931

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
243 El Dorado Street, Suite 200
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360

Salinas Organizations

Salinas Valley Chamber Of Commerce
119 E Alisal St
P.O. Box 1170
Salinas, CA 93901-3501
Phone: 831-424-7611

Chamber Of Commerce
5 E Gabilan St # 206
Salinas, CA 93901-3446
Phone: 831-444-6931

Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
243 El Dorado Street, Suite 200
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: 831-648-5360

Salinas Libraries

Salinas Library
Mailing Address:
110 West San Luis Street
Salinas, CA 93901
Fax: 831.758.7336

Cesar Chavez Library
part of the Salinas Public Library System
615 Williams Road
Salinas, CA
This library is in the East Salinas (Alisal) area of the City. Its materials collection features elements in Spanish, about the Chicano experience, and about the history of Mexico and Mexican-Americans.

El Gabilan Library
part of the Salinas Public Library System
1400 North Main Street
Salinas, CA
Phone: 758-7302
located in the northern portion of the City at 1400 North Main Street. Due to its size limitations (3,343 sq. ft.), this library's collection is small, but current and in good physical condition.

John Steinbeck Library
part of the Salinas Public Library System
350 Lincoln Avenue
Salinas. CA
Phone: 831-758-7311
This library is located in the central part of the City, holds the major portion of the collection and has the largest number of staff among the three City libraries.

Monterey County Library
26 Central Ave
Salinas, CA 93901-2628
Phone: 831-424-3244

Salinas Schools

Here is a Schools page for Salinas.

Graves School District
PO Box 885
Salinas, CA 93902-0885
Phone: 831-422-6392

Monterey County Education Office
901 Blanco Cir
Salinas, CA 93901-4401
Phone: 831-373-2955

North Monterey County School District
17590 Pesante Rd
Salinas, CA 93907-1552
Phone: 831-663-3035

Salinas Union School District
431 W Alisal St
Salinas, CA 93901-1624
Phone: 831-753-4100

Santa Rita Union School District
57 Russell Rd
Salinas, CA 93906-4325
Phone: 831-443-7200

Washington Union School District
43 San Benancio Rd
Salinas, CA 93908-9133
Phone: 831-484-2166


Hartnell College in Salinas Salinas


Salinas is pronounced sah-lee-nahs

The population of Salinas was:
1990 - 108,777
1991 - 110,700
1992 - 113,000
1993 - 113,200
1994 - 118,300
1995 - 119,100
1996 - 121,300
1997 - 123,300
1998 - 128,300
2000 - 143,920
2005 - 146,431
Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 43,720
2005 - $ 50,165

Median House value:
2000 - $ 195,700
2005 - $ 560,600

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