Introduction to Modesto, California
Founded in 1870, Modesto is a city of over 200,000 people. According to the Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau, Modesto is the 15th largest city in California. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Modesto has a metropolitan population over 500,000 people.
Modesto is located in inland central California. It is one and a half hours southeast of Sacramento, the state capital, two hours southeast of San Francisco, and two hours northeast of San Jose. Modesto has twice been a finalist community for the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award". In 2004, Inc. Magazine named Modesto as one of the "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business In" in the "Medium Cities" category. One of Modesto's most famous businesses is the E & J Gallo Winery, the second largest wine company in the world.
Modesto is centrally located in the San Joaquin Valley, one of the greatest agricultural areas in the the Unites States. Major agricultural products include: dairy products, nuts, fruits, wine grapes, and poultry products.
Modesto weather is characterized by a mild climate. Winters are cool and summers are hot. January is the coolest month of the year with average daily temperatures of 54 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the hottest month of the year with an average daily temperature of almost 94 degrees Fahrenheit.
Modesto Arts and Entertainment
For a city of modest size, Modesto provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings. Some of the more notable include:
- The The Central West Ballet
- The Gallo Center for the Arts
- The Great Valley Museum of Natural History
- The McHenry Mansion
- The Modesto Symphony
- The State Theatre
- The Townsend Opera Players
- The Yes Company (youth entertainment stage company)
- The Castle Air Museum (down Rte. 99 in Atwater, CA)
For the sports enthusiast, Modesto is home to the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Modesto Nuts. The Nuts are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Modesto also provides relatively easy access to all of the professional sports offerings of San Jose and San Francisco, two hours away.
Modesto's mild climate provides the opportunity for a wealth of outdoor activities year-round, including: boating, camping, golfing, houseboating, river rafting, water sports, and more. Modesto is also home to a free, public, 13,000 square skate park located at Beyer High School.