Modesto, CA

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Modesto, CA

About Modesto, CA

Modesto, California is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for everyone. Nature lovers can wander through the many parks and trails, while art enthusiasts can explore the McHenry Mansion and other galleries in town. History buffs will enjoy learning more about the area's past at the Modesto Carnegie Art Center, while sports fans won't want to miss out on a game at John Thurman Field. Foodies will love sampling all the delicious eats, and shoppers can find great deals at Vintage Faire Mall. With its unique culture, vibrant attractions, and fun activities, Modesto is an exciting place to visit! Small, agricultural town - Central California, in the Central Valley, 80 miles southeast of Sacramento and 70 miles east of the Bay Area.

State: California
County: Stanislaus County
Metro Area: Modesto Metro Area
City: Modesto
Zip Codes: 95355 95350 95351 95358 95356 95354 95357
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Time zone: Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Elevation: 22 ft above sea level

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.

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Modesto Cost of Living

Winter climate, small-town atmosphere, and nearby national parks make Modesto a great place to live.

+13.4% higher than avg
-3.0% lower than avg
$1,096 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-4.7% lower than avg
Modesto Crime
62.8 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Modesto
   Winter climate
Crime rates
   Small-town atmosphere
   Nearby national parks
Low educational attainment
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Over 3 years ago

I was born and raised here (still currently live here) and there are some nice areas and not so nice areas. I really think we need to improve our community and create  More

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Over 3 years ago

It's fine. Lived here for over 10 years. Here's my breakdown. CONS: Crime rate: mostly on the westside, unless you live in better developed areas. Summer weather:  More

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I know this website is probably only for adults, which I am not, but I thought perhaps adults would like to hear a kid's perspective of things, you know, if any adult  More

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