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-Attractive setting
-Year-round climate


-Tourist impact
-Cost of living and housing

What Bert Has To Say About Salinas Metro Area

Agricultural Salinas was dubbed the “salad bowl of the nation” by John Steinbeck because of its lettuce crops. Salinas is affordable and small in comparison to the others, but has the character of a typical California Central Valley town – dry, dusty, functional and with little intellectual stimulation. By contrast, nearby Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove are located on the coastal Monterey Peninsula. Carmel, a noted artist colony and Hollywood refuge, has controlled growth and maintains a charming village character with some exceptional residential properties, while Monterey is a more commercialized setup honoring its fishing village heritage for its many visitors. Pacific Grove, with its assortment of well-built Victorian and Craftsman-era homes, is probably the most livable city on the peninsula.

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Quick Facts About Salinas

    The unemployment rate in Salinas is 6.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Salinas jobs have Increased by 2.15 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Salinas's cost of living is 35.20% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Salinas's population is 157,380 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 44.68 percent.
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    The median home cost in Salinas is $388,700. Home appreciation the last year has been -33.66 percent.
    Salinas public schools spend $8,882 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 26 students per teacher in Salinas.

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The problem with Salinas isn't that it's so incredibly bad. It reminds me of various cities along highway 99 ie Modesto, Fresno, Stockton. It's only maybe a little... (read more)
Overall good place to live
I hear many people complaining about how Salinas is expensive and all of that, but i mean if you have the money then go for it. The weather is very nice, especially... (read more)
Salad, Gangs, and Language Barriers
Salinas is a growing city of almost 200,000 people. Most of these people are immigrants of Mexican descent. Because of the influx of immigrants from down south, you must... (read more)
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