Marina is a city in Monterey County, California, United States. The population was 25,101 at the 2000 census. Marina is located 8 miles (13 km) west of Salinas, at an elevation of 43 feet (13 m). Marina was incorporated in 1975 and is the newest city on the Monterey Peninsula.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.6 square miles (24.9 km²), of which, 8.8 square miles (22.7 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (8.85%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 25,101 people, 6,745 households, and 4,809 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,869.8 people per square mile (1,107.6/km²). There were 8,537 housing units at an average density of 976.0/sq mi (376.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 43.74% White, 14.34% African American, 0.74% Native American, 16.27% Asian, 2.10% Pacific Islander, 14.81% from other races, and 7.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23.19% of the population.
There were 6,745 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 14.0% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 18.4% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 133.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 142.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,000, and the median income for a family was $46,139. Males had a median income of $43,139 versus $26,679 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,860. 13.1% of the population and 10.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.1% are under the age of 18 and 5.9% are 65 or older.
The military has been a significant part of life in Marina, which is located adjacent to the former Fort Ord, a US Army installation which closed in 1994 during the country's base closure initiative. Many former and retired military personnel reside in the city. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars are active organizations. The Veterans Transition Center is instrumental in placing numerous US and state flags along Del Monte Blvd. and Reservation Road during the various holidays and special events, creating an "avenue of flags."
Marina has two popular annual events. The Marina Air Faire, held in October, features vintage and experimental planes, and gives attendees the chance to ride in them (for a fee). The Festival of the Winds, held on Mother's Day weekend every year, has giant kites, hang gliding, kite making workshops, and many more activities. Both events have free admission.
Marina State Beach is a windswept beach area between State Route 1 and Monterey Bay where water recreation (extremely hazardous), hang gliding and paragliding are popular. There is a boardwalk through the Marina Dunes Natural Preserves.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park opened in March, 2009. Though much of the park is located in the neighboring town of Seaside, California, access for the park is located in Marina. Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a popular place for horseback riding, hiking, fishing and cycling. Fort Ord Dunes State Park abuts Marina State Beach.