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Welcome to Modesto - 
the city of "Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health."

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

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 203,000, it is the largest city and the seat of Stanislaus County.

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.

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 sights 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.

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 centers, picnic in one of our many parks, visit our 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!


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