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Do you know Salinas, California?  If you don’t, here are a few facts on Salinas- geography, history, economy, demographic, government and other interesting, yet lesser known facts.  Though, Salinas is a small city in the US state of California, but possesses a lot of character and charm that pleases a wide spectrum of visitors coming from near and far.  The city’s hospitality is a mix of old-world charm and modern-day conveniences. Keep reading further and discover some interesting facts on Salinas that will get you craving to make a trip to the city.

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Salinas Geographic and Demographic Fast Facts

  • Salinas is located in the U.S. state of California, about 20 minutes from the coast and outside the southern side of the Greater Bay Area. 
  • It is about 10 miles east-southwest of the inlet of the Salinas River.
  • It is the county seat of Monterey County.
  • It is Monterey County’s largest municipality.
  • It is 1.5 hours south of San Francisco, 1 hour south of San Jose and 25 minutes from Monterey (northeast).
  • The elevation of the city is 16meters or 52 feet above sea level. 
  • The ethnic composition of Salinas include White-45.8%, African American-2.0%, Native American-1.3%, Asian-6.3%, Pacific Islander-0.3%, from other races-39.2%, and two or more races-5.1%.

Salinas History Fast Facts

  • Before 200 AD, the land on which Salinas is situated was occupied by Native Americans called as the Esselen.
  • Between 200 and 500 AD, Ohlone speaking people known as “Rumsen” settled in the area.
  • In 1854, the Salinas post office was established.
  • In 1867, the streets of Salinas were formed.
  • In 1872, it became the seat of Monterey County.
  • In 1874, it was incorporated as a town.
  • Salinas got its name from the word “Salt marsh”.
  • The agricultural industry of the city started to grow in the mid-1800s.
  • In1868, railroad came to the city
  • The city had the highest per capital income in the US in 1924. 
  • In the 1950s and 1960s, Salinas experienced tremendous growth. In the 1990s, significant development took place, with the construction of Harden Ranch, Creekbridge and William’s Ranch.

Salinas Government and Economy Fast Facts 

  • Salinas has a Council-Manager type of government.
  • The foundation of Salinas’s economy is agriculture. The city is home to over 100 manufacturing firms. 
  • Major employers of the city are Salinas Valley Memorial, Newstar Fresh Foods, Taylor Farms, Monterey County, Mann Packing, Natividad Medical Center, and Hilltown Packing. 

Salinas Important and Interesting Fast Facts

  • Salinas is nicknamed as the “The Salad Bowl of the World”.
  • The motto of Salinas is “Rich in Land, Rich in Values”.
  • The city is home to John Steinbeck, a Nobel Prize laureate. 
  • More than thirty percent of the lettuce is grown here.
  • The Oldtown Salinas is home to Victorian architecture structures- the Steinbeck house, the John Steinbeck Library and the National Steinbeck Center. 
  • The city is included in the list of “Top 10 Cities for Cleanest Air Quality in the United States”.
  • The city has several public murals all around the city, including John Cerney works. 
  • The sister cities of Salinas are: Guanajuato and Yurecuaro in Mexico; Ichikikushikino in Japan; and Cebu City in Philippines.
  • Marilyn Monroe was crowned as “Diamond Queen of Salinas” in 1948.
  • The Salinas Californian, Monterey County Herald and Monterey County Weekly are the local newspapers of Salinas. 
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