Modesto serves as the county seat of Stanislaus County located in central California. Modesto lies less than 2 hours away from many important locations in California, including Yosemite National Park, Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco. Modesto boasts a Historic landmark known as the Mc Henry Mansion.
In 2000, the census stated that the city population was 188,856, but current estimates place the population at roughly 206,300. Nearly 70% of Modesto’s population is white, followed by Hispanics at 25.58%, African American at 3.97%, Asians at 6.03%, Native Americans at 1.24%, and Pacific Islanders at 0.5%.
In Modesto, the median income for a household is $40,394. For a family, the median income is $45,681. Modesto’s income per capita is $17,797. In Modesto, 12.2% of families and 15.7% of the population live below the poverty line.
Living in a bedroom community, many Modesto residents, over 20%, commute outside the county to their place of employment. Transportation provides many jobs to the Modesto community, which is served by one of the country’s busiest rail corridors. The Amtrak San Joaquins line makes ten stops daily between Oakland and Bakersfield, and two stops between Sacramento and Bakersfield.