Salinas, CA Profile: Facts & Data


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Salinas, California - Basic Facts

The City of Salinas had a population of 155,388 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Salinas, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 155,388
Population in Households 153,014
Population in Familes 132,731
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,374
Population Density1 6,581
Diversity Index2 87


Median Household Income $55,202
Average Household Income $72,916
Per Capita Income $20,049


Total Housing Units 43,671 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 18,231 (41.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 23,222 (53.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,218 ( 5.1%)
Median Home Value $392,088
Average Home Value $460,136


Total Households 41,453
Average Household Size 3.69
Family Households 32,430
Average Family Size 4
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.39% 0.41%
Households 0.31% 0.36%
Families 0.34% 0.38%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   3.27%

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, 2018 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 # 37 98th
Population Density # 160 90th
Diversity Index # 119 92nd
Median Household Income # 856 44th
Per Capita Income # 1212 20th

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