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.