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While its name may mean 'modest' in Spanish, there’s nothing modest about the Central Valley city that is Modesto. This California locale is a thriving hub of agriculture and farmland with an engaging city core and tons of entertainment options. The city’s motto of 'Water Wealth Contentment Health' aptly describes the agricultural roots that turned Modesto into what it is today. Over 40 constituent neighborhoods mean there’s something for every homeowner here. Charming suburbs with modern residential developments, areas closer to downtown with single-story and ranch-style homes, and affordable townhomes in the northern reaches of the city provide endless variety. With a median list price of just around $360,000, Modesto presents a slightly more affordable market than Los Angeles, but it’s comparable to other inland cities like Bakersfield.

Modesto Attractions

Head to Downtown Modesto between K Street and D Street to explore the cultural heart of the city. You can see the Modesto Arch, proudly displaying the city’s motto and giving some extra character to the array of restaurants, shops, bars, and daily conveniences in the walkable downtown area. There are local coffee shops to enjoy, Mexicali restaurants to try, artisan wares to see in local boutiques, and weekly farmers markets that showcase the fruits of the city and the surrounding area. There are even local wineries, E & J Winery and Lucca Winery, just south of downtown. Modesto is sprinkled with art galleries to explore, including the Great Valley Museum, which also features a planetarium and exhibits on the history of the city. Boomers Modesto is a family-friendly attraction in the northern reaches of the city closer to Salida. The amusement park features go-karts, mini-golf, and more.

Modesto Schools

There are 22 elementary schools, four junior high schools, and seven high schools available to residents of Modesto courtesy of Modesto City Schools. The district oversees nearly 30,000 students, and standouts among the district include Modesto High School and Enslen Elementary School, both of which rank high for proficiency and overall student performance. There are several private schools as well, including Modesto Christian School, Central Catholic High School, Big Valley Christian School, and Grace Lutheran School. Higher education options include Modesto Junior College, a two-year junior college with a variety of degrees and certifications available to its nearly 20,000 students.

Commuting in Modesto

Modesto’s average one-way commute is on par with most of the country, sitting around 26 minutes. Many residents commute by car to jobs in surrounding communities, but for those who stay within the immediate city boundaries for work or leisure, Yosemite Boulevard and Route 99 will become your best friends. There’s also solid bus coverage courtesy of the City of Modesto Transit Services and the Modesto Area Express. There’s also shuttle service between Modesto and Turlock provided by the Stanislaus County Regional Transit. The Modesto City-County Airport is less than three miles from the city center.