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

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

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).

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

The area code for Salinas: (831)

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

Websites for Salinas ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

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 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 (which had 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 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)
  • Hollister
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northeast)
  • Seaside
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Monterey
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
  • Marina
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marina
    • Marina is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,836 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marina <6>
  • Pacific Grove
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the west)
  • Gonzales
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the southwest)
  • San Juan Bautista
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Del Rey Oaks
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Del Rey Oaks
    • Del Rey Oaks is located in Monterey County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,645 people

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.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Salinas was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Salinas post office opened in 1854.

We also found Salinas in the book titled List of Post Offices in the United States (1870).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Salinas.

The official website for Salinas:

The official website for Monterey County:

The official website for State of California:

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>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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