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Salinas, California - Basic Facts

The City of Salinas had a population of 154,458 as of July 1, 2016. Salinas ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Salinas is located at latitude 36.6902 and longitude -121.6337 in Monterey County. The formal boundaries for the City of Salinas (see map below) encompass a land area of 23.61 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Monterey County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 52 feet.

The City of Salinas (GNIS ID: 2411768) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Salinas is located within Salinas CCD of Monterey County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Salinas population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Salinas, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 154,458
Population in Households 152,162
Population in Familes 131,304
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,296
Population Density1 6,542
Diversity Index2 87


Total Households 40,682
Average Household Size 3.74
Family Households 31,836
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 43,584 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 17,871 (41.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 22,812 (52.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,902 ( 6.7%)
Median Home Value $336,441
Average Home Value $389,065


Median Household Income $50,717
Average Household Income $65,797
Per Capita Income $17,915
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.42% 0.58%
Households 0.11% 0.44%
Families 0.16% 0.47%
Median Household Income   0.66%
Per Capita Income   1.27%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Salinas, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Salinas to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 35 98th
Population Density1 # 160 90th
Diversity Index2 # 121 92nd
Median Household Income # 897 41st
Per Capita Income # 1240 18th

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