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Overview

Introduction to Tracy, California

The California city of Tracy is located in San Joaquin County, about 60 miles east of San Francisco. The city is accessible to points east and south via Interstate I-580. Other major thoroughfares servicing Tracy include Interstates I-5 and I-205 with California State Highway 120 also nearby. Surrounding communities include Stockton (to the northeast), Modesto (to the southeast) and Livermore (to the west).

Tracy History

The origins of Tracy are related to the mid-19th century construction of Central Pacific Railroad lines running from Sacramento through Stockton and to the San Francisco Bay Area. A number of small communities sprang up along these lines, including the one named for railroad director Lathrop J. Tracy. Incorporated in 1910, Tracy grew rapidly and prospered as an agricultural area even when railroad operations began to decline in the 1950s. Beginning in the 1980s, Tracy experienced a growth spurt as people migrated to the city looking for a more affordable alternative to Bay Area home prices and also for a less hectic lifestyle. A steady period of growth ensued, as many companies found Tracy an ideal location for their distribution facilities. The city today is home to several of these distribution facilities and is setting its sights on newer industries, including expansion of hi-tech companies from their existing Silicon Valley bases.

Things to do in Tracy

Tracy's largest event is its annual Dry Bean Festival. Originally held in early August when it began in 1987, the downtown event now takes place during the second weekend of September. The festival draws tens of thousands annually, earning the city the nickname of "Dry Bean Capital of the World." Tracy's premiere cultural site is the Tracy Historical Museum, housing an impressive collection of photos, articles, clothing and artifacts. Volunteers provide visitors with a narrative interpretation of the displays and relate little-known facts about the city's history. Outdoor recreational sites in the surrounding San Joaquin Valley include the Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area, Carnegie State Vehicle Recreation Area and Caswell Memorial State Park. Most of Northern California's top attractions can be found within 100 miles of Tracy, including Old Sacramento, Yosemite and all of San Francisco's world class tourist sites.

People

Total Population 85,284
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 7.9%
Employed Population 16+ 37,534
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 54.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.1%
Median Earnings25+ $42,091
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $30,720
Median Earnings With High School Degree $39,240

Wealth

Median Family Income $80,927
% Above Poverty Level 91.4%
% Below Poverty Level 8.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 41 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 12.6%
Median Gross Rent $1,461
Median House Value $295,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 62.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 4.5%
Irish 7%

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

Tracy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 37 miles NE of San Jose, California
County San Joaquin
Metro Area Stockton - Lodi
Standard Zip Codes 95304, 95376, 95377, 95385, 95391
P.O. Box Zip Codes 95378
Phone Area Codes 209
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.739
Longitude -121.424

Tracy 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 TRACY CARBONA
Distance 2.8 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
Station TRACY PUMPING PLANT
Distance 9.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 56 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 60 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 12.5 inches
Station STOCKTON FIRE STN # 4
Distance 18.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tracy, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Banta (95304)

Mountain House (95391)

Vernalis (95385)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brentwood 55,490 $105,398
Lathrop 19,678 $62,881
Livermore 85,286 $111,697
Manteca 72,251 $67,896
Ripon 14,801 $90,361
Stockton 299,722 $50,151

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

Tracy Hospitals

SUTTER TRACY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1420 N TRACY BLVD
(209) 835-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tracy High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

WEST (MERRILL F.) HIGH
1975 W. LOWELL AVE.
209-831-5430
Serves 2,798 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.2

TRACY HIGH
315 E. 11TH ST.
209-831-5100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 2,220 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.8

DELTA CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
31400 SOUTH KOSTER RD.
209-830-6363
A Charter School.
Serves 169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28.2

DUNCAN-RUSSELL CONTINUATION
164 W. GRANTLINE ROAD
209-831-5220
A Non-traditional School
Serves 123 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

WILLOW
2626 TRACY BLVD.
209-830-6054
A Non-traditional School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 35 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

EXCEL HIGH (CONT.)
315 E. 11TH ST.
209-831-5095
A Non-traditional School
Serves 25 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

SUCCESS HIGH (CONT.)
1975 W. LOWELL AVE.
209-831-5430
A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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