Introduction to Stockton, California
Incorporated in 1850, Stockton is the 13th largest city in the state of California. The city is home to nearly 300,000 inhabitants. The metropolitan area has a population of about 600,000 people. Stockton is located in the northern part of the state, 65 miles east of San Francisco, and 40 miles south of Sacramento.
Stockton was a stopping point for prospectors during the California Gold Rush of 1849. In the middle of a rich agricultural area, it is also a sizable inland seaport along the San Joaquin River. Lately it has attracted residents and businesses seeking a lower cost alternative to the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1999 and again in 2004, Stockton won the "All-America City Award" given by the National Civic League.
Precipitation is about 14 inches per year. July average daily high and low temperatures are 93.8 and 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit. January average daily highs and lows are 53.8 and 38.1 degrees Fahrenheit.
Large employers in the area cover a wide range of industries, including electronics, aerospace, food, education, distribution, automotive, and building products, to name a few.
Arts and Leisure
Cultural, historical, and leisure attractions include:
- The Haggin Museum
- The San Joaquin County Historical Society & Museum
- The Children's Museum
- The Stockton Symphony Association
- The Stockton Opera
- The Ballet San Joaquin
- The Bob Hope Theatre
- The Stockton Civic Theatre
Sports teams include:
- The Stockton Ports baseball team, a Class A Advanced California League team affiliated with the Oakland Athletics
- The Stockton Lightning arena football team of the AF2 League
- The Stockton Thunder ice hockey team of the ECHL
- The California Cougars soccer team of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL)