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What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. ​With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into data, such as patterns, relationships, and situations—helping users make smarter decisions.

How is GIS related to Data Driven Decisions?

GIS is changing the way the world works through spatial analysis. Spatial analysis lets you evaluate suitability and capability, estimate and predict, interpret and understand, and much more, lending new perspectives to your decision-making. This is also referred to as Data Driven Decisions. GIS technology applies geographic science with tools for understanding and collaboration. It helps people reach a common goal: to gain actionable intelligence from all types of data. Todsay, hundreds of thousands of organizations in virtually every field are using GIS to make maps that communicate, perform analysis, share information, and solve complex problems around the world.

Where can I find City related Data?

Map Gallery - View Salinas Data

We are happy to provide many of our PDF maps, interactive maps, and data through the Map Gallery. Follow the link below to visit the Map Gallery.

New Salinas Map Gallery.

Story Maps

The City of Salinas GIS Division is happy to provide Story Maps. Using the Esri Story Map platform, we can now keep you up-to-speed on all the exciting projects the city is doing to improve our city.  A story map leverages the power of geography and combines it with images, narratives, and multimedia content to tell you about the important things we are doing to help our communities prosper. 

For example, one Story Map is about Salinas Traffic Calming Projects, details ongoing and implemented measures taken to reduce speed and traffic volumes in residential areas. As projects progress, our story maps will be updated to provide you with the most current information on housing, parks, Downtown Complete Streets and upcoming city projects. Check out our list, or dashboard, of Story Maps by visiting the link below.

Visit our Story Map Dashboard!


And More...

Some of the many maps and services the GIS Division provides include the development of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements, provide support for the General Plan Update, aid in the development of the Alisal Vibrancy Plan as well as providing maps and services for Parking, Construction, Urban Greening Plan, Pavement and Sidewalks Management, etc. 
Note: Please download and read our GIS disclaimer and data use instructions before using any of this data.