Salinas, California Population 2022

166,162
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Salinas is a city located in Monterey County California. It is also the county seat of Monterey County. With a 2020 population of 166,162, it is the 34th largest city in California and the 167th largest city in the United States. Salinas is currently growing at a rate of 0.79% annually and its population has increased by 1.60% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 163,542 in 2020. Spanning over 23 miles, Salinas has a population density of 7,092 people per square mile.

The average household income in Salinas is $77,528 with a poverty rate of 14.24%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,492 per month, and the median house value is $451,000. The median age in Salinas is 30.5 years, 30.1 years for males, and 30.9 years for females.

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.

Diversity

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.

Population Growth

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.

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.

Salinas Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Salinaswas:

  • Other race: 52.52%
  • White: 32.07%
  • Two or more races: 6.77%
  • Asian: 6.42%
  • Black or African American: 1.38%
  • Native American: 0.77%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Salinas, California is 166,162 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 163,542.

Salinas, California Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Salinas Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Salinas Population by Race

Salinas Population Pyramid 2022

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Salinas Median Age

31


Total

30.2


Male

32


Female

Salinas Adults

There are 108,278 adults, (14,430 of whom are seniors) in Salinas.

Salinas Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

51

Child Dependency Ratio

Salinas Sex Ratio

Female

76,781

49.16%

Male

79,396

50.84%

Salinas Population by Age

Salinas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Salinas Household Types

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Salinas Households and Families

4.14

Average Family Size

3.74

Average Household Size

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Salinas Households by Type

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Salinas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Salinas Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 92.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 39.22%.

Salinas Educational Attainment by Race

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$31,659

Average Earnings

$34,874

Average Male

$28,964

Average Female

Salinas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Salinas Language by Age

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Salinas Language

28.47% of Salinas residents speak only English, while 71.53% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 66.75% of the population.

Salinas Language

Salinas Poverty by Race

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14.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.10%

Male Poverty Rate

15.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Salinas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Salinas is Islander, with 24.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Salinas is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.23%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.07%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 22.89%.

Salinas Poverty

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Salinas Poverty Rate by Education

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Salinas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Salinas Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Salinas Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.7%

Male Marriage Rate

44.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Salinas Married by Age and Sex

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Salinas Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Salinas Marital Status by Race

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Salinas Marital Status

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3,327

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Salinas Veterans by War

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Salinas Veterans by Age

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Salinas Veterans by Race

Salinas Veterans by Education

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7.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.99%

Veteran Disability Rate

Salinas Veterans by Education

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64.1%

Labor Force Participation

60.9%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Salinas Employment by Age

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Salinas Employment by Race

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Salinas Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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56.12%

Born in Salinas

63.49%

Native Born

36.51%

Foreign Born

27.38%

Non Citizen

9.13%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

63.49% of Salinas residents were born in the United States, with 56.12% having been born in California. 27.38% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Salinas Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Salinas Population by Year