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Moving to Salida: 10+ Things to Know before You Do

Admin | March 27, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Are you considering moving to Salida, CA? This small California town has about 14,000 people and it is located several miles north of Modesto. It is mostly White and Hispanic people who live there, and there are some African Americans, Asians, and Pacific Islanders too. The average commute time is about 23 minutes. The land is flat, and summers get hot, while winters are temperate.

What is the cost of housing?

The median home value is about $281,000, and there are some homes for less than this figure.

The average apartment rent is about $1000. You also might be able to find a room in a house for about $600 a month.

Are there jobs?

Blue Diamond Growers is a major employer in Salida because it is almond-growing country. In fact, Blue Diamond is the top producer of almonds in California, and almonds are the biggest agricultural crop in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Salida is such a small town that you might not expect to find a mix of good restaurants. There is such a blend though and here are some of the top-rated restaurants:

Bamboo House
Tacos el Hidalguense
Makara Japanese Bistro
Salida’s Kountry Kitchen
La Hacienda
Golden Bowl
Mike’s Grillhouse
Pizza Blast
Tony’s Tacos Truck.

Another large local employer is the Salida Union School District. Salida is a small town, but it is quite close to Modesto, which has many more employers. So, it wouldn’t be unreasonable at all to live in Salida and work in Modesto.

Some of the top Modesto employers are:
Andre Champagne Cellars
Carlo Rossi Winery
Cooperidge Winery
Del Monte Foods, Inc.
Doctors Medical Ctr.
E & J Gallo Winery
Ecco Domani Winery
Frito -Lay Inc.
Kaiser Permanente
MacDonald Group
Memorial Medical Center
Modesto Bee
Peter Vella Winery
Stanislaus County Community
WinCo Foods

Grocery stores

M & S Corner Market
Salida Home Market


There are several in Ripon and Modesto which are very close to Salida.

Salida vs. Modesto

You might say, why bother living in Salida, if you can live in Modesto? Modesto has a population of about 200,000, and not all people want to live in such a populous area. Some parents would prefer for their children to grow up in small, or very small towns because they tend to have far less violent crime, no gangs, and no drug problems.

The chance to have their children grow up in safer environments is why they start thinking of moving to Salida, or Ripon, or Patterson.

How is the weather?

As touched upon above, Salida has warm to hot weather. It is also dry receiving only about 13 inches of rain each year. The number of sunny days per year is about 265 and there is no snow. Humidity is low to moderate and it fluctuates by season. It isn’t as dry as Las Vegas, but not nearly as humid as Florida or some midwestern states.

How are the schools?

The Salida public schools are rated about average by Great Schools.

For adults, Modesto Junior College is about 6 miles from Salida, and there is San Joaquin Delta College about 23 miles away.

Is there access to nature?

Salida has some parks such as:

Country Stone Park
Wincanton Park
Salida Park
Segesta Park.

Caswell Memorial State Park is not in Salida, but it is nearby and Stanislaus River runs right next to the northern part of Salida.

Mistlin Sports Park is also near Salida, and many baseball games are played here.
Hot air balloons are launched from here sometimes and there are also carnival rides.

McHenry Recreation Area is in Del Rio, just several miles from Salida, and this is where
you can launch a canoe or kayak to enjoy the Stanislaus River. There are other places along the Stanislaus where you can also do whitewater rafting.

San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge

This place is a gem for environmental education, photography, wildlife viewing, an interpretation. Riparian woodlands live in the refuge and they have been restored within its boundaries. Many birds live in the ecosystem, as does an endangered rabbit. The land is the meeting place of three rivers: Tulomne, Stanislaus and San Joaquin. The refuge is about 16 miles from Salida.


Salida is only about 82 miles from Yosemite, which is one of the most visited national parks in the United States. So, moving to Salida would bring you closer to it and the Sierra in general. You can also drive through the park and on the east side, you will find Mono Lake, Mammoth and Bishop.

Are there places of worship?

Yes, there are several, such as;

Living Water Bible Church
First Baptist Church of Salida
First Baptist Church of Salida

The closest Hindu temple is in Modesto, and there is
a Buddhist association there as well. (Ceres has one too.)

Is there storage?

Yes, we have a storage facility in Salida.

What is near Salida?

Ripon– 4 miles
Modesto — 7 miles
Sacramento — 68 miles
Oakland – 73 miles
San Jose — 78 miles
Yosemite — 82 miles
San Francisco — 85 miles
Tahoe — 181 miles

So, after reading this information, are you still interested in moving to Salida?


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