Modesto is a community dedicated to growth, progress and the quality of community life. Proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities and multi-cultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world’s richest soil. Modesto is the 16th largest city in California with over 210,000 citizens and is the seat of Stanislaus County.
Modesto offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city, but still maintains an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality and small town charm. Modesto offers the full spectrum of arts and entertainment from talented local artists and resident companies to international touring stars – we are considered the culture hub of the Central Valley.
Modesto is located in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas of our nation – the San Joaquin Valley. Dairy products, almonds, apricots, melons, tomatoes, wine grapes, peaches, walnuts and poultry products are some of our top commodities. Visit in early spring to enjoy the delightful sights and smells of orchard blossoms. Come in the summer or fall and “Taste Modesto” at our traditional Farmer's Market or at a roadside produce stand.
Due to Manteca's attractiveness, the population in the city limits currently totals 59,700. Manteca’s population growth is significantly outpacing the State of California, as is the growth of other San Joaquin County cities. 160,000 people live within 10-mile radius of Manteca. Consequently, residential growth in Manteca is both strong and occurring throughout the community in many new housing developments. The City of Manteca issued 754,803 and 617 single-family residential building permits in 2003, 2002 and 2001 respectively. Currently, residential growth is just under 3% per year. The newest homes being built range in size generally from 1,600 to 3,700 square feet and typically cost between $275,000 and $425,000.
In the heart of California’s Central Valley, Turlock is the second largest city in Stanislaus County with a population which has grown steadily from 13,992 in 1970 to over 69,000 today. Home of California State University Stanislaus (CSUS), Turlock provides an unusual opportunity to combine a quality learning environment with relaxed rural living. Turlock offers a full range of municipal services to the community.
Cultural art experiences, sports activities, twenty four parks, sixteen schools, a full range of medical facilities and the attractiveness of the nearby Mother Lode, San Francisco Bay area and the Sierra Nevada add to the pleasure of living in Turlock.