Salinas Real Estate Market Overview
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Location and Weather
Salinas is just outside the southern portion of the Greater Bay Area in Monterey County, California. Just 10 miles southeast of the Salinas River, this city has a rich agricultural history and is referred to as “The Salad Bowl of the World.” Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, and the city is referred to in his best-selling book East of Eden. The National Steinbeck Center and The Steinbeck House are two historical attractions that feature this author.
Salinas summers are short, dry, and mostly clear, while the winters are short, cold and partly cloudy. The summer temperatures are in the 70’s, with lows in the low 50’s. Winter temperatures are in the 60’s, with lows in the 40’s.
Population, Job Market and Cost of Living
Salinas population in 2019 was 156,811, with a growth rate of 6.6%.The job growth has increased by 1.75% over the last year and in ten years, is predicted to have increased by 23.28%,The major industries are in agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, healthcare, social assistance and retail trade. The largest employers are Taylor Farms, Fresh Express, Ramco Enterprises LP, Tanimura & Antle Fresh Foods and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The cost of living is high, due to the Salinas real estate market and cost of available housing.
With a mild climate, rich agricultural history and job base, and thriving arts and literary culture, Salinas will continue to attract those that want to work and live in this agricultural community.