Moving to Modesto, CA

The City of Modesto, as it is officially named, is the largest city and county seat of Stanislaus County, California. The city is the 18th largest city in the state with a population of 201,165. Modesto is surrounded by farmland, which makes it no surprise that Stanislaus County happens to rank sixth among California counties for farm production.

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Modesto History

Modesto was founded in 1870 by investor William C. Ralston. Originally, the town was to be named for him, but he refused due to his modesty, leading to the city’s current title, “Modesto”, which means “modest” in Spanish. Learn more about Modesto history:

Modesto Weather

Modesto receives very little precipitation with an average of only 12 inches of rain a year and no snow. Summers are hot with the July average being 94 degrees, and winters are mild with January temperatures averaging at 38 degrees. Learn more about Modesto weather:

Modesto Transportation

Modesto’s three public transit systems include StaRT, Modesto Area Express (MAX), and the San Joaquin Regional Transit District. The Amtrak San Joaquin also runs through Modesto with eight daily stops. Interstate-5 and California State Route 99 also provide commuter access through Modesto. Learn more about Modesto transportation:

Cost of Living in Modesto

The cost of living in Modesto is slightly above the U.S. national average, but much lower than the California state average. See how far your budget will stretch in Modesto:

Modesto Schools

Modesto’s public school district, Modesto City Schools, runs 23 elementary schools, four junior-high schools and seven high schools. The schools district also runs an alternative school program. Private schools in Modesto include Modesto Christian School, Central Catholic High School, and Grace Lutheran School. Learn more about Modesto Schools:

Modesto Hospitals

Modesto contains several hospitals and medical facilities including Stanislaus Surgical Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, and Doctors Medical Center of Modesto. If you’re planning a move to Modesto, it’s a good idea to know the medical resources available to you:

Modesto Real Estate

The median sales price of a home in Modesto is $225,000 with the average price per square foot at $149. The median cost of rental property in the city is $1,262. Browse available Modesto real estate listings:

Modesto Hotels

Modesto has a variety of hotel accommodations with several three-star rated hotels. Browse all local Modesto accommodations to find the most comfortable option for you:

Modesto Restaurants

Among Modesto’s array of culinary options, a few local favorite eateries include Bella Italia, for Italian food, Dewz Restaurant, for American entrees, and Raw Sushi Bistro, for Asian flavors. Browse all Modesto restaurants to find your favorite:

Things to Do in Modesto

Modesto has attractions for every type of person. History buffs will enjoy touring the McHenry Museum and the McHenry historic mansion. Sports lovers can catch a baseball game at John Thurman Field. Outdoor lovers can enjoy a bike ride or hike through Tuolumne River Trail. Browse all Modesto attractions to find something that piques your interest: