Modesto is a community dedicated to growth, progress and the quality of community life. Proud of its vibrant citizenry, great traditions, educational opportunities and multi-cultural lifestyles, Modesto is twice-blessed with mild weather year-round and some of the world’s richest soil. Modesto is the 16th largest city in California with over 210,000 citizens and is the seat of Stanislaus County.
Modesto offers the diversity and facilities of a metropolitan city, but still maintains an atmosphere of old-fashioned hospitality and small town charm. Modesto boasts a full spectrum of arts and entertainment from talented local artists and resident companies to international touring stars and is considered the cultural hub of the Central Valley.
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 its top commodities. Visit in early spring to enjoy the delightful sights and smells of orchard blossoms. Come in the summer or fall and “Taste Modesto” at our traditional Farmer's Market or at a roadside produce stand.
If leisure is your pleasure, explore the regional mall with a newly expanded Village, picnic in one of 75 parks, visit the McHenry Museum or Mansion, play a round of golf or just bask poolside in the warm sunshine. Centrally located on Highway 99, Modesto allows for easy access to many major tourist attractions in California. To the west lies the San Francisco Bay Area (90-miles) and the Santa Cruz Beach (115-miles). To the east is the famed Gold Country “Mother Lode” (50-miles) and a little farther you can find the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. Lake Tahoe (180-miles) and Yosemite National Park (110-miles) are nearby.