Introduction to Waterford, California

Waterford, California, in Stanislaus county, is 11 miles NE of Turlock, California and 65 miles E of San Jose, California. The city is included in the Modesto metropolitan area.

Waterford History

Waterford City began to take shape in the second half of the nineteenth century. At that time, the community was known as Bakersville. During that time, there was no bridge across the Tuolumne River and it could only be crossed by means of a ford on the waterfront. The community thusly came to be known as Waterford.

Waterford and Nearby Attractions

  • Turlock Lake State Recreation Area.
  • McHenry Museum.
  • La Grange Regional Park.
  • Oakdale Cowboy Museum.
  • McConnell State Park.
  • Great Valley Museum of Natural History.

Things To Do In Waterford

The Funworks Family Fun Company, the Golden Gaslight Conservatory and Paintball Zone are all accessible from Waterford. Those interested in history may enjoy a visit to the Great Valley Museum of Natural History, the Oakdale Museum or the McHenry Museum. Local parks include the Turlock Lake State Recreation Area, the La Grange Regional Park and McConnell State Park.

Waterford Transportation

The Modesto City-Co-Harry Sham Field Airport is nearby.

Waterford Higher Education

Local colleges include Gavilan College, San Joaquin Delta College and Modesto Junior College.


Total Population 8,649
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 5.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,933
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 50.4%
Average household size 4

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $48,676
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 11.9%
Median Gross Rent $888
Median House Value $139,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59%
US/American 0.8%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.5%

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

Waterford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NE of Turlock, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 65 miles E of San Jose, California
County Stanislaus
Metro Area Modesto
Standard Zip Codes 95386
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.641
Longitude -120.759

Waterford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.6 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 11 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 31.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 61 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 79 F
Annual Precip 13.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ceres 46,952 $49,908
Hughson 7,032 $56,909
Modesto 207,482 $55,674
Oakdale 21,543 $61,696
Riverbank 23,564 $62,621
Turlock 70,596 $60,604

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

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