A Great Place to Live

Our Community

Welcome to Modesto – the city of “Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health.”

A community proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, education opportunities, and multicultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world’s richest soil.

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Part of California’s fertile Central Valley, which stretches 300 miles through the center of the state, Modesto offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city, but still maintains an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality. With a population exceeding 200,000, it is the largest city and the seat of Stanislaus County.

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Centrally located on Highway 99, Modesto is easily accessible from throughout California. West of the valley and over the coastal mountain range lies the San Francisco Bay Area, a 90-minute drive from Modesto. Eastward are the foothills that house the famed Mother Lode gold country and lead to the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range and Yosemite National Park.

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Modesto is located in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas of our nation – the San Joaquin Valley. Dairy products, almonds, apricots, melons, tomatoes, wine grapes, peaches, walnuts and poultry products are some of our top commodities. Join us in early spring to enjoy the delightful signs and smells of orchard blossoms. Visit here in the summer or fall harvest seasons and “taste Modesto” at our Farmers Market or at a roadside produce stand.

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If your tastes run more to the adventurous side, there is rafting on the Stanislaus River, bike trails throughout Modesto, horseback riding at area ranches, and outdoor in-line skating or skateboarding at Modesto’s newest skate park. Maybe you would rather explore our regional mall or local shopping center, picnic in one of our many parks, visit the McHenry Museum, play a round of golf or just bask poolside in our warm sunshine. Whatever you choose, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the “Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health” that Modesto has to offer!


With a population of over 200,000 and a surrounding area of 400,000, Modesto combiners a city and town feel, including diverse neighborhoods, a small downtown, community activities, great restaurants, and even Broadway shows.


Modesto is just a few hours from Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Pinecrest, and coastal mountains. There is plenty of hiking, skiing, and scenery to take in.


Modesto is a great place to raise a family – with great education, a close knit community, and plenty of great activities. Plus, the central valley has a lower cost of living compared with the rest of California.


Stanislaus County is just a couple of hours from Moneterrey, Santa Cruz, and many other beaches in northern California. This makes it easy to experience the coast for a day or weekend.


The central valley is close to some of the best cities in the nation, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Sacramento. It is also easy to visit Apple, Pixar, and Google.


Modesto is in the heart of the central valley, which is known for farming. From Farmer’s Markets on the weekends to corn mazes during Halloween to beautiful almond orchards, there is a lot to experience.