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Salinas, California

Salinas California
Administration
Full nameCity of Salinas
Settlement typeCity
CountryUS United States
StateCalifornia California
CountyMonterey
Government
TypeCouncil-Manager
MayorDennis Donohue
SenateAnthony Cannella (R)
AssemblyLuis Alejo (D)
U. S. CongressSam Farr (D)
Geography
Total Area23.217 sq mi (60.1 km2)
Land Area23.179 sq mi (60 km2)
Water Area0.038 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation52 ft (15.8 m)
Demography
Total Population150441 (1st in Monterey County
34th in California
160th in the United States) (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zonePST (UTC-8)
- Summer (DST)PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes93901-93902, 93905-93909, 93912, 93915, 93962
Area code831
FIPS code06-64224
GNIS feature ID0277589

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Salinas is the county seat and the largest municipality of Monterey County, California. Salinas is located 10 mi (16.1 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River, at an elevation of about 52 feet (16 m) above sea level. The population was 150,441 at the 2010 census. The mostly suburban city is located at the mouth of the Salinas Valley roughly eight miles from the Pacific Ocean and has a mild climate. The city consists mostly of late 20th century single family homes, some low-level apartments, ranging from modest bungalows to spacious luxury homes. The climate is also ideal for the floral industry and grape vineyards planted by world-famous vintners. Salinas is known for being an agricultural center and also for being the hometown of the noted writer and Nobel Prize in Literature laureate John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels here like 'Of Mice and Men'.


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