The City of Soledad (City), California is in Monterey County approximately 25 miles southeast of the City of Salinas, which is the County seat. The City is a full-service organization that manages and operates the water and wastewater programs provides domestic water to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers within the City limits, and Sewer treatment for the city and two state prisons. The City limits coincide with the wastewater service area, the prison has its own water system. The City population of approximately 17,586 (2019 estimate).The City is in the middle of a residential boom, this building boom include over 300 residential units, two new parks, the addition of a new Community College campus, a new Cinema and the first roundabout in the valley.
Soledad is centrally located in the Salinas Valley with easy access to Pinnacles National Park, the Arroyo Seco recreation area, the Monterey Wine Country, the Monterey Bay Area and world-famous Big Sur area. The Monterey County’s natural beauty is apparent in its pristine beaches, lush redwood forests, and rich farmland. It has an ideal Mediterranean climate with low humidity and approximately 300 days of sunshine a year. Its unique shops and restaurants, coupled with a multitude of cultural and recreational activities, including theatre, music, art as well as golfing, surfing, hiking, and biking, offer a wealth of leisure activities. Higher education includes California State University Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell Community College (With a new campus in Soledad) and the Monterey College of Law. These elements of high-quality living make Monterey County one of California’s most desirable living areas.