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Living in Salinas, CA

Known as "Salad Bowl of the World" to locals, people love living in Salinas for its agricultural industry and emerging art scene. If you're thinking about moving to Salinas, California, read on to learn more about what it's like to live in the area.

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    Population

    182,180

  • Median Home Price icon

    Median Home Price

    $378,000

  • Median Rent Price icon

    Median Rent Price

    $1,299

  • Avg Salary icon

    Avg Salary

    $36,446

  • Cost of Living icon

    Cost of Living

    -16.0% Nat. Avg.

  • Avg Commute Time icon

    Avg Commute Time

    23 min

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    Hospital Rankings

    -

  • State Income Tax icon

    State Income Tax

    13.30%

Culture & Entertainment

Looking for fun things to do in Salinas? Explore the area’s top attractions and local hangouts to discover everything Salinas has to offer.

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    Hiking Trails

    28

  • Breweries icon

    Breweries

    2

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    Museums

    3

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    City Parks

    50

  • Libraries icon

    Libraries

    6

Salinas at a glance

  • Top industries in Salinas include government, agriculture, trade, and manufacturing.
  • The Salinas Valley produces over 80% of the lettuce grown in the nation.
  • John Steinbeck was born and raised in Salinas.
  • City food staples include roasted portobello burger, St. Louis Cut Pork Ribs, and carne asada burrito.

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Population data is sourced from the U.S. Census. The average salaries and housing prices were compiled from TownCharts.

We sourced weather data from various resources, including but not limited to the National Centers for Environmental Information and The Weather Channel.

Data for each city’s average commute time was pulled from the U.S. Census, Data USA, and MarketWatch.

We compiled hospital data from Healthgrades, and sales tax data was sourced from the Tax Foundation.

Various sources were used to collect culture and entertainment data, including but not limited to The Trust for Public Land, Wikipedia, USA Zoos, ultimaterollercoaster.com, Indie on the Move, and publiclibraries.com.

Livability score provided by Areavibes. The Livability Score is a score out of 100 that was designed to help evaluate the quality of an area. The score analyzes dozens of data points across seven key categories: amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing, schools, and user ratings.

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