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Welcome to Soledad ...

The city of Soledad is located in Monterey County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Soledad, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1869.

The city was incorporated March 9, 1921.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Soledad has a population of 25,781 people<2> (see below for details).

Soledad is 250 feet [76 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The area code for Soledad: (831)

The ZIP code for Soledad: 93960<4>

Websites for Soledad ...

Official Website:

Junior League:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Soledad had an population of 25,781 people. This is an increase of 0.17% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 128.9% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Soledad had a population of 25,738 people (or 6.2% of the total population of Monterey County). This makes Soledad the county's 4th most populous community.

The population of Soledad represents 0.07% of the population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 258th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 25,738 people, the population of Soledad increased 128.52% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 11,263 people).

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

Communities near Soledad ...

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

  • Greenfield
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the southeast)
  • King City
    (18 miles [29 km] to the southeast)
  • Gonzales
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Pinnacles
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pinnacles have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinnacles
    • Pinnacles is located in San Benito County
  • Chualar
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northwest)
  • San Benito
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Benito
    • San Benito is located in San Benito County
  • Bitterwater
    (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bitterwater
    • Bitterwater is located in San Benito County
  • Paicines
    (20 miles [32.2 km] to the north)
  • Carmel Valley Village
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the west)
  • Spreckels
    (22 miles [35.4 km] to the northwest)

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 Soledad. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Soledad.

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

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Soledad ...

Looking for more information about Soledad? 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 Soledad, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Soledad.

Adding Soledad to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Soledad 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 Soledad was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Soledad post office opened in 1869.

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

For more details, see References and Mentions for Soledad.

The official website for Soledad:

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>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Soledad.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Soledad - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 Soledad). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Soledad or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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