Introduction to Ceres, California

Ceres, California is 3 miles SE of Modesto, California (center to center) and 54 miles E of San Jose, California. The municipality is situated in San Joaquin Valley in Stanislaus county. The region features a flat landscape and is bordered by the Tuolumne River. It's a prominent agricultural area and wine grapes are a major product. Ceres has a small neighborhood atmosphere. The vast majority of the city's industrial and commercial areas are designated as Enterprise Zones.

Ceres History

The families of John Service, Daniel Whitmore and Cassius Warner were the initial families living in Ceres in 1867. Daniel Whitmore is regarded as the founder of the city.

Ceres Attractions

  • Ceres Street Faire
  • Concert in the Park
  • Halloween Fun Festival
  • Whitmore Mansion
  • Ceres Flea Market

Nearby attractions include the McHenry Mansion, the McHenry Museum, an historic state theater and a minor league baseball team which are all located in Modesto. The Great Valley Museum is a notable venue. The well known Gallo Winery is a short distance from Ceres. The Gallo Arts Center offers music, plays and opera performances.

Ceres Activities

The Ceres River Bluff Regional Park and Smyrna Park are popular for outdoor activities. Big Bear Park, Lake Tulloch, Fisherman's Bend, Merced River Resort, and the Oakwood Lake Resort are nearby. Golfers enjoy the area's courses including the Dryden Golf Course and River Oaks Golf Course. Naraghi, Brush, Ramona, Farmington and Miller lakes are located in the region. The close by Boomers Family Fun Park is a popular destination.

Ceres Higher Education

The California State University Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College are nearby.


Total Population 46,952
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 17,743
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 48.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $49,908
% Above Poverty Level 82.1%
% Below Poverty Level 17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 14.5%
Median Gross Rent $1,004
Median House Value $161,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 73.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 3.3%
Irish 6.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ceres Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles SE of Modesto, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 54 miles E of San Jose, California
County Stanislaus
Metro Area Modesto
Standard Zip Codes 95307
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.595
Longitude -120.956

Ceres Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 62 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 13.1 inches
Station TURLOCK #2
Distance 8.8 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 54 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 62 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 12.4 inches
Distance 27.1 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 55 F
Apr Temp 44 to 73 F
Jul Temp 55 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 79 F
Annual Precip 10.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hughson 7,032 $56,909
Modesto 207,482 $55,674
Patterson 20,967 $56,699
Riverbank 23,564 $62,621
Turlock 70,596 $60,604
Waterford 8,649 $48,676

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Ceres High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,468 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.7

A Charter School.
Serves 261 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.8

A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 209 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

A Non-traditional School
Serves 187 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 23 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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