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Welcome to Salinas ...

The city of Salinas is located in Monterey County<1> and is the County Seat for Monterey County.

When the people of Salinas refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Salinan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Salinas has a population of 155,938 people<3> (see below for details).

Salinas was established in 1840 and was incorporated March 4, 1874.

The community of Salinas is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Salinas lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

Salinas is within the boundaries of the (831) area code.

The ZIP codes for Salinas: 93901-93902, 93905-93908, 93912, 93915<5>

Websites for Salinas ...

Official Website:   www.ci.salinas.ca.us/

Junior League:   www.jlmontereycounty.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Salinas had an population of 155,938 people. This is an increase of 3.65% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.23% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Salinas had a population of 150,441 people (or 36.25% of the total population of Monterey County). This makes Salinas the county's most populous community.

The population of Salinas represents 0.4% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 34th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 150,441 people, the population of Salinas has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 151,060 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Salinas.

Communities Also Named Salinas ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 4 communities that are also named Salinas - they are located in Nevada, New Mexico and Texas (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Salinas.

Communities near Salinas ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Salinas.

  • Watsonville (16 miles [25.7 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Watsonville
    • Watsonville lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the north of Salinas and is located in Santa Cruz County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 51,673 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Watsonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Watsonville<7>
  • Hollister (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollister
    • Hollister lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Salinas and is located in San Benito County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,805 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollister
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hollister<7>
  • Seaside (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Seaside
    • Seaside lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southwest of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 34,115 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Seaside
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Seaside<7>
  • Monterey (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Monterey
    • Monterey lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,511 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Monterey
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Monterey<7>
  • Marina (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marina
    • Marina lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<6> to the west of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,836 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marina
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marina<7>
  • Pacific Grove (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pacific Grove
    • Pacific Grove lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the west of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,299 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pacific Grove
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pacific Grove<7>
  • Gonzales (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gonzales
    • Gonzales lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the southeast of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,237 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gonzales
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gonzales<7>
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carmel-by-the-Sea
    • Carmel-by-the-Sea lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,744 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carmel-by-the-Sea
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carmel-by-the-Sea<7>
  • San Juan Bautista (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Juan Bautista
    • San Juan Bautista lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Salinas and is located in San Benito County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,124 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Juan Bautista
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for San Juan Bautista<7>
  • Del Rey Oaks (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Del Rey Oaks
    • Del Rey Oaks lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southwest of Salinas and is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,645 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Del Rey Oaks

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Salinas. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Salinas.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Salinas. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Salinas.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Salinas. Our list includes 27 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Salinas.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Salinas ...

Looking for more information about Salinas? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Salinas, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Salinas.

Adding Salinas to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Salinas in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Salinas was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Salinas

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Salinas on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Salinas

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for California

About Monterey County

About California

The official website for Salinas: www.ci.salinas.ca.us/

The official website for Monterey County: www.co.monterey.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of California's counties, including Monterey, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Salinas refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Salinas may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Salinas.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Salinas - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Salinas). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Salinas or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Salinas includes: 93901, 93905, 93906, 93907, 93912 & 93915.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Salinas) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Salinas. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SalinasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salinas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6869, Longitude: -121.6526    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




 

 

 

 

 


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