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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Modesto is a city in California with a population of 211,336. Modesto is in Stanislaus County. Living in Modesto offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Modesto there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Modesto and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Modesto are above average.
About Modesto...
Population
211,336

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$265,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,122
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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Modesto Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    631.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    194.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    513.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,511.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    555.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Modesto

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$57,233
National
$55,322
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Modesto offers many advantages. It's a mid-size California with a big-city feel. There aren't many sky scrapers, but there are restaurants and shopping centers as far as the eye can see! You won't need to travel far to your favorite restaurant or clothing store. Our downtown area is becoming more urban and art-forward, with the addition of the Gallo Center and several art galleries. The weather is generally predictable and calm. Most of the year is sunny and comfortable, with only a few drizzly months during winter. The central valley is typically free from natural disasters, and overall, a comfortable place to live. The only drawbacks are the people. This is a largely agricultural, meaning conservative, region. I wish we would adopt big a big city mentality to match the landscape!
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Modesto is a cute little town, personally I have lived in Modesto my entire life and as I stroll downtown with friends I seem to come across a new shop each time. Modesto is a quiet town to where you are able to relax and breathe in some country air but it is also loud enough to where you are not dying of boredom. There are great people in this town and lifelong friends to be made. Some parts of the town are better than others but the best part about Modesto is that a lot of people in this town have started from the bottom up and have thriving local businesses such as the Gallo winery. Modesto is also close to a lot of other attraction sites so you are never far from missing out on all the fun! There are great schools with great academic programs, Modesto is also close to an amazing CSU. It is great place to raise kids, pursue your passions and retire with the love of your life. Modesto will forever be a welcoming town!
Modesto is the perfect place to live! It is very affordable, accepting, and diverse! It is also in the perfect location. Modesto is in the middle, one hour in any direction can take you to different places! If you head east, you’ll hit Yosemite! If you head south you’ll hit Fresno! If you head west, you’ll hit San Francisco! And if you head north, you’ll hit the state capital, Sacramento!