Salinas is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of California. With a population of 157,218 people and 38 constituent neighborhoods, Salinas is the 34th largest community in California.
Housing costs in Salinas are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in California.
When you are in Salinas, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 41.08% of Salinas’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Salinas is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and farmers, fishers, or foresters. There are especially a lot of people living in Salinas who work in farm management occupations (18.87%), office and administrative support (10.75%), and sales jobs (9.89%).
One of the nice things about Salinas is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Salinas is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Salinas area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The rate of college-level education in Salinas is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.17% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Salinas in 2010 was $18,347, which is lower middle income relative to California, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,388 for a family of four. However, Salinas contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Salinas is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Salinas home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Salinas, accounting for 76.60% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Salinas residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Salinas include German, English, Italian, and French .
Foreign born people are also an important part of Salinas's cultural character, accounting for 37.91% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Salinas is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.