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Overview
Population:201,986
Pop. Change:4%
State: California
Metro Area: Modesto Metro Area
County: Stanislaus County
City:Modesto
Zip Code:95355, 95350, ... 7 total
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Modesto's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Modesto Metro Area

Profile: Small, agricultural town

Location: Central California, in the Central Valley, 80 miles southeast of Sacramento and 70 miles east of the Bay Area

Elevation: 22

Time zone: Pacific Standard Time

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Winter climateCrime rates
Small-town atmosphereUnemployment
Nearby national parksLow educational attainment

Mainly agricultural in character, Modesto is a “modest” Central Valley town—so named because the dignitary the town intended to name itself after refused the honor out of modesty. The unremarkable downtown has a enough of a small-town feel to be the subject of the movie American Graffiti (although the actual filming was done in Marin County north of San Francisco). But there isn’t much to do and unemployment is high.

While the cost of living is fairly modest on a California scale, it is still high. Incredibly, some people make the 2 to 3 hour commute into the San Francisco Bay Area. Yosemite National Park, 80 miles east, provides some recreational fulfillment.

Modesto is located in a completely flat area of agriculture and orchards along the Tuolumne River. Just 15 miles to the east, the Sierra foothills begin their persistent rise into the main Sierra Ridge. The climate is typical Central Valley Mediterranean with warm to blistering hot and dry days, and pleasant to somewhat warm nights in summer. Winter brings mild temperatures and valley fog. Almost all rain falls in winter.

Interesting Facts about Modesto, California

As of 2014, Modesto's population is 201,986 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.21 percent.

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The median home cost in Modesto is $180,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 27.50 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Modesto's cost of living is 8.50% Higher than the U.S. average.

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Modesto public schools spend $11,063 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 21.2 students per teacher in Modesto.

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The unemployment rate in Modesto is 10.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Modesto jobs have Decreased by 0.11 percent.


Ranked #39 Drought-Riskiest Cities
Ranked #42 America's Migraine Hot Spots
Ranked #93 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Mid-Size Metro Areas)
Ranked #215 Best Green Cities
Ranked #316 2005 Best Places to Live
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Map Of Modesto

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Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Modesto's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes