Modesto, CA, City and Higher Education Info

Modesto is located in the Central Valley region of California, one of the world's most productive agricultural areas. The city is home to Modesto Junior College, a highly regarded 2-year community college, while nearby Stanislaus hosts a campus of the California State University system. Read on to learn more about Modesto, its economy and schools available.

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Information about Modesto

Modesto, California, is the county seat of Stanislaus County. It's located on the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley, part of the agriculturally fertile Central Valley region. The population of the city was estimated at 209,286 in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While the white population is in the majority, a large Hispanic and Latino community also calls the city home.

Attractions in Modesto include cowboy and natural history museums. The downtown area features a monument to Star Wars' creator George Lucas, a local son. The Central Valley is home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards, many of which offer tours and tastings to visitors, contributing to a burgeoning tourist industry in the area. Modesto's central location within the state of California also means that many of the attractions of coastal cities such as San Francisco or Los Angeles are only a few hours away by car.

Higher Education

Modesto is home to several higher education institutions, including the Modesto Junior College, a 2-year community college offering associate degrees and career training. Modesto Junior College had a high retention rate in 2014 retaining 74% of its full time students. The California State University system has a campus at nearby Stanislaus, with a Fall 2014 enrollment of about 9,000 people.

Economy and Employment

The largest single company in the city is Gallo glassworks, part of the huge E. & J. Gallo wine-producing corporation. Census data from 2012, health care and social assistance employed nearly 16,700 people. Retail trade employed about 10,700 people, while accommodation and food services employed about 7,200 people.

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