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Frequently Asked Questions

When were prices and availability in Salinas, CA last updated?

Prices and availability in Salinas, CA were last updated on 20 Oct 2021.

What are the best apartments in Salinas, CA?

The best apartments in Salinas, CA are: Palm Court Apartments, Laurel Grove, CreekBridge Apartments - Salinas, Mariner Village and Cypress Landing.

What is the average rent in Salinas, CA?

The average rent in Salinas, CA is $2,001. Start your search for apartments in Salinas, CA now.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA is between $1,650 and $6,914. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Salinas, CA now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA is between $2,450 and $8,052. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Salinas, CA is between $2,450 and $2,525. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Salinas, CA.

Renter's Guide to Salinas

Welcome to Salinas, California – a city that celebrates both culture and racing. Foodies, outdoor enthusiasts, and families alike will all love calling this place home.

Come experience the beautiful year-round weather and the joy of living so close to the beaches and mountains.

At 23 square-miles, Salinas is about 10 times smaller than San Francisco. Speaking of which, the two cities are only 106 miles apart. Meanwhile, Watsonville and Carmel are just 20 miles from Salinas.

Country Living ranked Salinas as the #3 Coziest City in America. It's also one of the Top Ten American Cities for Cleanest Air Quality according to Scientific American.

You really can’t beat the weather here either. Temperatures in the summer average in the mid 70s and only drop into the 60s during winter, though winter nights can get a little chillier. Plus, humidity is often low, and you can expect sunny days 70% of the time.

Salinas, CA Demographics

  • Total Population156,143
  • Female 78,788
    Male 77,355
  • Median Age30.5

Cost of Living in Salinas, CA

The cost of living in Salinas and the Monterey area is a little bit higher than in Santa Cruz, for the most part. Dinner for two costs around $60-&70 at a mid-range restaurant, while a domestic beer to go with your meal will be about $5.

Basic utility services for a 915 square-foot apartment in Salinas cost an average of $125/month, which is comparable to Santa Cruz, where the same utilities average $128/month.

Bus service in Salinas is provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit, with monthly passes starting at $95. Ride sharing is also available via Uber or Lyft, though it isn’t as prevalent as in nearby major cities, like Santa Cruz and San Francisco. 24-hour taxi service is also available.

Average Rent in Salinas, CA

  • Salinas, CA Average Rental Price, August 2021 $2,001 /mo

    Salinas, CA Apartment Rent Ranges

    Salinas, CA Rent Trends

    Average Rent Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Nov / 2020 Mar / 2021 Jul / 2021 Aug / 2021
    Salinas, CA $1,648 $1,665 $1,671 $1,752 $1,717 $1,746 $1,765 $1,806 $1,853 $1,973 $2,001
    National $1,347 $1,356 $1,361 $1,393 $1,400 $1,402 $1,393 $1,397 $1,485 $1,510 $1,539

    Living in Salinas, CA

    Salinas has a lot to offer its residents!

    While it’s a fairly large city, it still maintains a small town feel – especially in the charming Oldtown area.

    Salinas also has a rich history in agriculture, which is still a thriving industry, and its diversity will expose you to a variety of foods and events from other cultures. If that weren't enough, the rolling green hillsides and proximity to the beach means you’ll always have amazing scenery anytime you step outside.

    But living in Salinas does have its drawbacks. The city has a higher unemployment rate than other nearby communities, as well as the state of California as a whole. And while beautiful, Salinas can also be fairly expensive for a city that's 11 miles inland and not very urban.

    Things to do in Salinas

    Salinas, California is home to nearly two dozen parks filled with playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields, trails, and much more.

    Kids will especially love Tatum’s Garden. It’s known as a playground for all children, where no one feels left out. In fact, Early Childhood Education Zone ranked it one of the 50 Best Playgrounds in the U.S.

    Oldtown Salinas is known as the city's economic and cultural center. Here you'll find many unique bars, restaurants, and boutique shops, along with Art Walks, theaters, and farmers markets. All in all, it's a great place to visit on weekends.

    Salinas also hosts many great events throughout the year, including the Annual Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival, which celebrates everything from food and wine to arts and culture. You'll find the California Rodeo Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex every July, which features rodeo competitions, bull riding, a carnival, and more. It's a Salinas tradition, going back over 100 years.

    For a taste of history, head to the National Steinbeck Center, a museum and memorial for the Nobel Prize winning author of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck. And you won’t want to miss a race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s the Pirelli World Challenge or the Continental Monterey Grand Prix.

    The Monterey Zoo is the perfect spot for kids and adults alike. It's a sanctuary for elephants, giraffes, and many other African animals – a real treat for those who want to see exotic wildlife without leaving California.

    Employment and Economy

    The top industries in Salinas include agriculture and healthcare. The biggest agriculture and food production employers in the city are Taylor Farms, Mann Packing, Hilltown Packing, and Newstar Fresh Foods.

    Meanwhile, the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and Natividad Medical Center provide a significant number of jobs within the healthcare field.

    Salinas, CA Households

    • Total Number of Households40,800
    • Family 32,197
      Non-family 8,603
    • Children 20,186
      No Children 20,614
    • Average People Per Household3.79
    • Median Household Income$61,527
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,487

    Education in Salinas

    Salinas is home to Hartnell College, a community college that's received considerable praise from NASA for its focus on the STEM disciplines.

    In the nearby city of Seaside, you'll find a branch of California State University. And less than 40 miles to the northwest is the University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Salinas is served by seven school districts, the largest of which being the Salinas Union High School District, which includes 10 different campuses.

    Salinas, CA Education Statistics

    Tips for Renting in Salinas

    Ready to move to the picturesque city of Salinas? Before making the jump, let's take a moment to get familiar with a couple of the local tenant laws.

    While the city doesn't have rent control laws, the state of California has a law requiring landlords to give a 60-day notice if they increase rent by more than 10%.

    The law also allows for a "repair and deduct" remedy if a landlord fails to make repairs to your apartment. But though it enables tenants to deduct money from the rent – up to the amount of one month's rent – in order to pay for repairs, the landlord can appeal if they feel the repairs aren’t necessary.

    Of course, prior to signing the lease of any property, always make sure to read the lease carefully so you know what’s expected of you and your landlord.

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