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Welcome to Santa Rita ...

Santa Rita is located in Monterey County<1>.

We aren't confident of the location of Santa Rita, so consider the above location as an estimate.<2>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Santa Rita, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1874.

Santa Rita is 70 feet [21 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Websites for Santa Rita ...

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Communities Also Named Santa Rita ...

While we believe that this Santa Rita is located in Monterey County, we know of another 2 California communities named Santa Rita. Those communities are located in the following counties: Alameda and Santa Barbara County.

Beyond California, there are 8 communities that are also named Santa Rita - they are located in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico (2) and Texas (2).

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

Communities near Santa Rita ...

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

  • Watsonville
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
  • Hollister
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the northeast)
  • Seaside
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Monterey
    (15 miles [24.1 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 <4>
  • Pacific Grove
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
  • Gonzales
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southwest)
  • San Juan Bautista
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Del Rey Oaks
    (13 miles [20.9 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 Santa Rita. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Santa Rita.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Santa Rita. 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 Santa Rita.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Santa Rita. See our Newspapers Page for Santa Rita.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Santa Rita ...

Looking for more information about Santa Rita? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Santa Rita, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Santa Rita.

Adding Santa Rita to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Santa Rita 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 Santa Rita was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<5>

From that list, the Santa Rita post office opened in 1874.

We also found Santa Rita in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Santa Rita.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Santa Rita. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Santa Rita - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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