Salinas 54 Poor
Salinas Livability #1,250 ranked city in California#27,343 ranked city in the USARanks better than 6% of areas
A+ Salinas Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Salinas Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% lower than California
12424% more expensive than the US average
14040% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Salinas cost of living
F Salinas Crime Total crime is 8% higher than California
Total crime
2,78719% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3619% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
1%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
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:132% higher than the US average
Salinas K-12 schools
F Salinas User Ratings There are a total of 25 ratings in Salinas
Overall user rating
38% 25 total ratings
User reviews rating
40% 7 total reviews
User surveys rating
35% 18 total surveys
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      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%.

      Salinas transportation information

      Average one way commute23min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work71.0%73.5%76.4%
      Workers who carpool11.6%10.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.8%5.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%1.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.1%2.7%2.8%
      Working from home2.7%5.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Salinas, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).