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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 205,984
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 81,641
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.4%
Median Earnings25+ $32,813
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,573
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,949

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,289
% Above Poverty Level 79.5%
% Below Poverty Level 20.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,013
Median House Value $171,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.5%
US/American 0.3%
English 6.4%
Irish 7.4%

Modesto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 53 miles E of San Jose, California
County Stanislaus
Metro Area Modesto
Standard Zip Codes 95350, 95351, 95354, 95355, 95356, 95357, 95358
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95352, 95353
Company Zip Codes 95397
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.639
Longitude -120.995

Modesto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station MODESTO CITY-COUNTY AP
Distance 3 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 12.5 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
Station STOCKTON FIRE STN # 4
Distance 30.5 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 45 to 74 F
Jul Temp 57 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 80 F
Annual Precip 16.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ceres 46,570 $48,964
Escalon 7,252 $72,694
Hughson 6,895 $57,042
Oakdale 21,260 $60,861
Ripon 14,645 $88,176
Riverbank 23,310 $62,366

Modesto Public Libraries

Library
Stanislaus County Free Library
1500 I ST.
Modesto, California
(209) 558-7801
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Modesto Hospitals

DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1441 FLORIDA AVENUE
(209) 578-1211
Emergency Service: Yes

STANISLAUS SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1421 OAKDALE ROAD
(209) 572-2700
Emergency Service: No

MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1700 COFFEE RD
(209) 526-4500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Modesto High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

GRACE M. DAVIS HIGH
1200 W. RUMBLE ROAD
209-576-4500
Serves 3,028 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

MODESTO HIGH
FIRST & H ST.
209-576-4401
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,998 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.2

BEYER (FRED C.) HIGH
1717 SYLVAN
209-576-4311
Serves 2,987 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.3

JOHANSEN (PETER) HIGH
641 NORSEMAN DR.
209-576-4702
Serves 2,890 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

THOMAS DOWNEY HIGH
1000 COFFEE ROAD
209-576-4211
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,598 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.9

ELLIOT (ROBERT) ALTER. ED.
1440 SUNRISE AVE.
209-576-4621
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1,080 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

PETERSEN ALTERNATIVE CTR (COMMUNITY)
2209 BLUE GUM AVE.
209-558-8595
A Non-traditional School
Serves 612 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.4

SPECIAL EDUCATION
801 COUNTY CENTER THREE COURT
209-556-5600
A Special Education School
Serves 402 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.4

VALLEY BUSINESS HIGH
108 CAMPUS WAY
209-558-4415
A Charter School.
Serves 144 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24

JUVENILE HALL/COURT
2215 BLUE GUM ROAD
209-558-4196
A Non-traditional School
Serves 91 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

ARCHWAY ACADEMY
108 CAMPUS WAY
209-558-4240
A Charter School.
Serves 80 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.7

COMMUNITY MIDDLE COLLEGE
108 CAMPUS WAY
209-558-4415
A Charter School.
Serves 37 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION ACADEMY
2201 BLUE GUM AVENUE
209-575-7842
A Charter School.
Serves 22 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

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