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