About Salinas, California
Salinas is a city in California and the county seat of Monterey County. It has a population of 160,986 as of the 2024 Census. Salinas is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” due to its thriving agricultural industry, particularly its production of lettuce, strawberries, and broccoli. The city is located at the mouth of the Salinas Valley, about eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. Salinas has a mild Mediterranean climate, making it a great place to visit year-round. Visitors can explore the beauty of nearby Monterey Bay beaches, historic missions of San Juan Bautista, Soledad, Carmel, and San Antonio de Padus, and wineries of South Monterey County, Carmel Valley, and Pinnacles National Park. Local attractions include more than 50 beaches, 60 plus parks, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Giant Redwoods of Big Sur and Santa Cruz, Gilroy Gardens Amusement Park, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a variety of history and art museums. Salinas is also famous for being the birthplace of author John Steinbeck, and visitors can visit his boyhood home as well as the National Steinbeck Center while they’re there. Salinas is more expensive than other metro areas around the country, mainly driven by real estate prices, which are about twice the national median home sale price. However, home prices in Salinas are more affordable by California standards, particularly when compared to nearby coastal towns like Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel.