Salinas, California Statistic: Population, Charts, Map, Steets and More

The population of Salinas City, California, is diverse, with two major racial and ethnic groups. Historically European-American, South Salinas is now home to over 40 percent Hispanics. In 2010, South Salinas had the largest Hispanic population of the city. The city is home to several large companies. The population of Salinas City is estimated to be 157,596.

Public transportation in Salinas is provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) and Greyhound. These companies offer a variety of bus services, including frequent connections to Gilroy, San Jose, and other destinations in the United States. Salinas has a vibrant arts scene. The Valley Art Gallery has been in operation for 30 years, while Hartnell College's gallery presents world-class works during the school year. The National Steinbeck Center has two galleries that feature changing exhibits, and the @Risk Gallery features cutting-edge art. The city hosts an annual Art Walk with more than 50 venues.

Aerial photography shows the city's agricultural heritage, and the history of the area is documented in aerial photography. Salinas has a high rate of youth crime, and has been called the "youth murder capital of California." However, it continues to grow modestly and is expected to rebound after the financial crisis. The city's growth rate is expected to remain low until the end of the decade, as long as it continues to provide affordable housing.

One of the best parts of Salinas is its low cost of living. The city is also home to John Steinbeck, and the National Steinbeck Center, which honors the author. In addition, Salinas has many museums and libraries dedicated to his work. For history buffs, there's a Steinbeck Festival and the John Steinbeck Library. Salinas is the birthplace of the famous author.