Stockton, CA, City and Education Info

Stockton is a burgeoning city east of the Bay Area in California's Central Valley, anchoring a rich agricultural region. Postsecondary schools in the area include the University of the Pacific and Humphreys College. The article provides more information on Stockton, as well as its economy and posstsecondary education options.

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Information about Stockton

Stockton is a mid-sized city located in California's Central Valley, approximately 60 miles east of San Francisco and 50 miles south of Sacramento. It boasts a multicultural population of over 302,300, based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, and both housing costs and median household incomes in the city are much lower than in California as a whole. Residents enjoy relatively easy access to the cultural offerings of the San Francisco and Sacramento metropolitan areas as well as to the outdoors offerings of northern California.

Stockton has many parks and two municipal 18-hole golf courses. Arts enthusiasts can enjoy dance, musical and theater performances at the Bob Hope Theatre, a historic downtown venue for the arts. Stockton also hosts one of the United States' most well-established Filipino communities in its Little Manila district.

Higher Education

The University of the Pacific, a private Methodist university, is the area's major institution of higher learning. Offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and 18 graduate programs, the university serves many underrepresented minorities. Other nonprofit postsecondary schools in the region include San Joaquin Delta College, a community college, and Humphreys College, a private, not-for-profit 2-year school with campuses in Stockton and nearby Modesto.

Economy and Employment

The heart of a highly productive agricultural region, Stockton still depends to a significant degree on neighboring communities' farming output for its economy. However, other industries, including shipping and manufacturing, are also important contributors to local prosperity. Stockton is located in one of California's 11 major ports, which is an important distribution center for goods and agricultural products. The largest corporate employers in the city include O-G Packing Co. and Diamond Walnut. As with many American cities, educational, health and professional services also constitute a large segment of the economy.

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