Unique Workforce and Demographic Advantages
For multinational companies with global customers, Salinas offers several unique workforce advantages, including a relatively young, bilingual population with a median age of 28.8 (versus 35 in California) and 67% of the population five years or older speaking a language other than English at home, with 91% of these residents speaking Spanish. Generations of farmers who have worked the Salinas Valley fields have also cultivated a strong work ethic that permeates everything our technically skilled laborers do. Within a 30-minute radius of the city, you’ll have access to a highly educated workforce consisting of senior-level managers and talented professionals, and just an hour away, you’ll find the knowledge, networks and venture funding of Silicon Valley.
In addition, more than 60% of Salinas’ population has a high school degree or higher, and among the four post-secondary institutions in the region
, including Hartnell College, Monterey Peninsula College, California State University, Monterey Bay, and the University of California – Santa Cruz, there are 5,300 graduates in the area annually. Each year, more than 1,700 students get degrees in programs such as biological and biomedical sciences, business management, marketing and related services, liberal arts and sciences, and computer and information sciences.