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A+ Salinas Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Salinas Cost of Living Cost of living is 12% lower than California
12121% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Salinas cost of living
F Salinas Crime Total crime is 25% higher than California
Total crime
3,67433% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2833% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Salinas crime
D Salinas Employment Household income is 18% lower than California
Median household income
$52,3385% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$18,34738% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
Salinas employment
C- Salinas Housing Home value is 26% lower than California
Median home value
$303,80064% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17724% higher than the US average
Home ownership
43%32% lower than the US average
Salinas real estate or Salinas rentals
F Salinas Schools HS graduation rate is 30% lower than California
High school grad. rates
56%32% lower than the US average
School test scores
25%49% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:132% higher than the US average
Salinas K-12 schools or Salinas colleges

Living in Salinas, CA

Salinas, California is a mid-sized city with a population of 155,889 inhabitants. In Salinas, there are 6,603 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Salinas identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 65% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Salinas could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 30 years old is below the nation’s average.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Salinas, California could be a good experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. The best areas in Salinas and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the California and national averages.

The livability score in Salinas is 60/100 and the city is ranked in the 19th percentile of all cities across America. This is a lower than the United States average livability score as Salinas does not rank well for most categories. For each of the livability categories, we know that Salinas ranks very well for amenities (A+) and weather (B). Unfortunately for Salinas, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Salinas has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: National Steinbeck Center, Wild Things, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Assuming that Salinas meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Salinas. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Salinas are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Salinas come in at $303,800, which is 25.8% lower than the California average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Salinas, the home price to income ratio is 5.8, which is 9.4% lower than the California average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Salinas were 4.3%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.5%.

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Shit Hole Salinas

They take your taxes but don't fix the roads. Neighbor's throw outrageous parties til 3am... Police don't enforce the laws. Absolutely no entertainment except for a rodeo. Homless people and their trash. No decent shopping you either have to drive to San Jose or Monterey . No parking on streets due too illegal dwellings and multiple families living in one house.
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Not a place to visit

I've lived here all my life and yes, the gangs are a problem, there are not many touristic places around here. Those who live here and do not interfere with the gangs are just fine with living here. We are California's salad bowl, offering many immigrants a chance to better their family's lives. All I wanted to say is, no, you should not move here as an adult or bring your teenagers here. Oh, and you should definitely not visit; for those who visit automatically come on sites like these and claim to know everything about Salinas after a week of visiting and staying in a motel. Guess what, Salinas is not Hollywood. If you insist on moving here, be ready to make some changes. Do not bring grown children here because they will not adapt the right way and you as a parent will suffer. Me, as a high school student, will have to suffer through lectures from our school about violence and drugs. Just know, Salinas is not a tourist place, do not visit if you're not planning to stay.
  • 1 0
An old fart of a city

This city makes me wish that I could just drowned in the lake because that seems more livable then that shit of a city that is Salinas Salinas come down so you can have an angry Schizophrenic Vietnam veteran Yell at you about how he was in Vietnam and you were not and come because of her not just people yelling on the bus at how good a girls pussy was in conclusion Salinas can go suck it’s own dick for all I care
  • 2 0
Relocating To Salinas, CA

I relocated to Salinas, California after living in Texas. I moved because of my job but have lived here since for about 7 years. I have found that the cost of living, especially for living in California, is pretty cheap. From what I've heard, the city used to be more like a small town but now, not at all. A lot of people have moved here because of the agricultural industry, and there are still jobs. Most of the jobs are related to working manually in the farming part, such as farming the food, production of it, delivery, and so forth. However, there are quite a few jobs related to the administration aspect to it, but still all are related to the agriculture industry. It is a little crowded but city is still beautiful aesthetically. Because it has become a big city than before, there is a heightened crime rate. There is a bit of a drug and gang problem but only certain areas of the city. Usually if you stay farther like around the hills rather than downtown, you are safe in terms of crime activity. Try to avoid the east side of town just overall. A lot of its old small-town charm still exists with lots of little shops and cafes. There is a mall but most people shop at the smaller upscale shops around town because there is more selection to pick from and more individuality in the clothes than department stores. One thing about Salinas is that it is a unique town by Californian standards. The quality of food is pretty good and there are lots of healthy options-not just a lot of fast food places. The weather is moderate, usually a little warm but not too hot.
  • 1 -4
Don't live here!

Salinas is a terrible place to live. The schools are terrible and the over-all attitude of the locals is that of entitlement. There is a major gang problem that is worsened by the locals that refuse to report crimes. Murder is in the news weekly. The price of housing is very high and the average wage low. I can only describe this area as dreadful and dangerous.

The weather here is moderate, which is great if you like overcast days and months but not great if you prefer more sun shine. It's commonly 68 degrees as a high during the summer months which is nice compared to the heat in a lot of areas. But, did I mention the gangs, crime and ignorant locals that refuse to report the crimes they've seen?

Beware, it's awful.

I was forced to recommend a family type to post this review. I chose "single" but I can only recommend that if you like misery and don't mind taking a chance of dying in gang gun fire.
  • 4 0
Beautiful city, damaged

I grew up here back when there was only 50,000 people. Its a big agriculture place, and the vegetables are all around and plenty of them. We grew tons of lettuce, they still do. One of my oldest friends owns most of the land there, a Tanimura of "Tanimura and Antle."

It was a very serene, clean city, that was safe and a beautiful place to live. Perfect weather, close to the coastline in Monterey which is only 20 minutes away. It has since grown way too large. Lots of criminal element has moved in. Nortenos and Soreno constantly in battle, and the wannabees. Also new to the area, Mexican Mafia. There are still some areas that are cared for and a great place to live, but you have to head up to the hills, and out of the city environment.

There are alot of great resturants to eat heading out towards Monterey. Preferrable, I eat in Monterey and stay there near the beach in the summer.

There has been a great influx of illegal immigrants that have the taken over the Welfare assistance and housing for the needy. I had many friends there in the Alisal area. But now I would not go there at all. Criminal element is high in this area of eastside Salinas. And its a shame. This once beautiful city with perfect weather and once good schools has gone to pot. Cars are parked on the once pristine lawns, garbage is spewed around the homes and street. Even the parks are infested with young gangbangers near the once very nice Hartnell area where I grew up. Now it houses illegal hispanics, garbage, dirty diapers, gangbangers, and filth sucking the life out of this town. Its a shame because I remember what it was like. So beautiful and perfect little town, now degraded and ugly. Gunshots are heard in once great family neighborhoods. Ahhh well thats life in good old California, or Little Mexico. No wonder people are leaving California.

Very pretty in some place, if your in the hills away from town. Just look around and you will see why!
  • 5 0
Salinas, CA - America's Salad Bowl

Here's and interesting fact: Salinas is famous for producing most of the lettuce in the United States. I traveled to this city once and thought it was an interesting place to visit.

For rodeo fans, visiting Salinas is a must when it hosts the California State Rodeo each year. While I was there, I enjoyed seeing the Boronda Adobe. Built in the 1840s, this adobe house is the oldest standing building in Salinas. Also featuring John Steinbeck's grave, a museum dedicated to him and his birth home (now converted to a restaurant), Salinas is a great place for anyone wanting to learn more about the famous Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author.

Residents of Salinas are friendly, neighborhoods are clean, real estate rates are affordable and the cost of living is lower than most cities in California. Because of the farming opportunities throughout the city, jobs are found fairly easily for those who work in the agriculture business. Reflecting a true 1950s charm, the downtown area still retains its olden-day identity, featuring several unique and exciting shops. For restaurants, travelers should visit the Steinbeck House Restaurant, where John Steinbeck grew up. The atmosphere of the charming Victorian home mixes well with the delicious food and rich history.
  • 0 -5
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