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-Winter climate
-Small-town atmosphere
-Nearby national parks


-Crime rates
-Low educational attainment

What Bert Has To Say About Modesto Metro Area

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.


Quick Facts About Modesto

    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.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Modesto's cost of living is 8.50% Higher than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Modesto's population is 201,986 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.21 percent.
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Modesto is $180,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 27.50 percent.
    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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I returned here for a temporary, 9 month stay after 25 years: Modesto has mushroomed almost beyond recognition, and certainly doesn't feel the same! I had wonderful... (read more)
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