Salinas, CA
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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 157,380 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Salinas is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 40.51% of the Salinas workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (17.62%), office and administrative support (11.12%), and sales jobs (9.68%).

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.

The percentage of people in Salinas with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.03% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Salinas in 2010 was $17,879, 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 $71,516 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 75.86% 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 Irish, English, Italian, and French .

In addition, Salinas has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (37.70%).

The most common language spoken in Salinas is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Tagalog.