Salinas, California

city in California and the county seat of Monterey County, United States

Salinas /səˈlnəs/ is the county seat and largest municipality of Monterey County, California. It is an urban area located just outside the southern part of the Greater Bay Area and 10 miles (16 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Salinas River. The population was 157,218 as of 2016.[1]

Main Street in downtown Salinas, 2006
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Salinas is known for its vibrant and large agriculture industry and being "The Salad Bowl of the World" as the hometown of writer and Nobel Prize in Literature winner John Steinbeck, who based several of his novels there.


  1. US Census Bureau. "Salinas (city) QuickFacts". State & County QuickFacts. US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2014.

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