Salinas, California Population 2019
Salinas, the county seat of Monterey County, is an urban area located 10 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River and just outside the Greater Bay Area. As of 2019, Salinas has a population of 158,000, making it the 34th most populous city in the state of California.
About 38% of people in Salinas, CA were born outside the U.S. The city of Salinas has a Hispanic-majority population; nearly three quarters of its residents are Latino, many of them immigrants from Mexico who arrived to work in the region’s agricultural fields.
On September 9th, 1850, California was admitted to the Union and officially became a state. 1867 saw the first streets laid out for Salinas and the town was incorporated in 1874. Post-war, major urban and suburban development converted what was mainly farmland to a thriving city. The 1950s and 1960s saw a particularly large growth spurt, which was seen again in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Agriculture has always been the area's major industry. This “green gold” went some considerable way toward making Salinas one of the wealthiest cities per capita in the U.S. shortly after the end of World War I. Today, this fuels a $2 billion industry, supplying the country with 80% of its lettuce and artichokes, amongst many other crops.
Salinas is also the birthplace of Nobel Prize laureate John Steinbeck. The historic downtown district is home to the National Steinbeck Center, John Steinbeck House and the John Steinbeck Library.
In 1870, just prior to being incorporated, the population stood at 599 people. This more than tripled in the ten years that followed and, as of the latest 2019 figures, the population of Salinas stands at 157,596.
Salinas struggles with a high youth crime rate, being dubbed the “youth murder capital of California.” On top of this, a lack of affordable housing has kept its growth rate from climbing in later years. The city is expected to continue its modest growth since recovering from the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
Salinas Ca Demographics
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salinas Ca was:
- White: 56.19%
- Other race: 32.69%
- Asian: 5.98%
- Two or more races: 3.01%
- Black or African American: 1.45%
- Native American: 0.63%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
Salinas, California's estimated population is 156,259 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Salinas, California is the 35th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 6618.25 people/mi² (2555.31 people/km²), with a household density of 690.97 people/km² (1789.60 people/mi²).
The overall median age is 30.2 years, 30 years for males, and 30.5 years for females. For every 100 females there are 100.3 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 42,253 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.6%, with a median rent of $1232/month. The median house has 4.8 rooms, and has a value of $342,100.
The median income for households in Salinas, California is $54,864, while the mean household income is $69,026.