Population: 208,512Median home value: $208,000 61 Ranks better than 23% of areas
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A+ Modesto Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
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D- Modesto Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% lower than California
1099% more expensive than the US average
13838% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Modesto cost of living
F Modesto Crime Total crime is 67% higher than California
Total crime
4,93280% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2180% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Modesto crime
F Modesto Employment Household income is 20% lower than California
Median household income
$50,9968% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,00620% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
8%75% higher than the US average
Modesto employment
C Modesto Housing Home value is 49% lower than California
Median home value
$208,00013% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,0349% higher than the US average
Home ownership
54%15% lower than the US average
Modesto real estate or Modesto rentals
F Modesto Schools HS graduation rate is 3% lower than California
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
30%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:129% higher than the US average
Modesto K-12 schools or Modesto colleges

Living in Modesto, CA

Modesto is a big city located in the state of California. The city has a population of 208,512 inhabitants. Modesto has a population density of 4,853 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Modesto is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Modesto are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 25% of the population also speak Spanish.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very discouraging task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Modesto, California. Finding the best places to live in Modesto and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

Modesto, CA receives 61/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #938 in California and #22,531 in the USA. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Modesto ranks well for amenities (A+) and weather (B+). Modesto does not score well for the following: crime (F), cost of living (D-), education (F) and employment (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Modesto has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto Arch, and McHenry Mansion.

Assuming that Modesto meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Modesto. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Modesto are simply unattainable. The median home price for Modesto homes is $208,000, which is 49.2% lower than the California average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Modesto, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 35.9% lower than the California average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Modesto area were 7.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 14.1%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Modesto, CA Livability To Other Cities

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Great meals a Modesto Elks 1282

My organization Beta Sigma Phi had their monthly brunch at Modesto Elks 1282. The food and service was great. The chicken and pork were most, tender and hot. The sides (potatoes, salad, fruit and veggies were great. There were over 244 people there and I don't think anyone was unhappy with the meal. The chief did a outstanding job.

The hall was arranged so we could walk and staff were johnny on the spot with water and ice tea.

Afterwards, since my husband and I are members we when to the lounge where we were waited on by Meg, one of their friendly bar tenders.
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Modesto, CA - On the Way to Everything

As a former resident of California's Central Valley, my travels have taken me through Modesto countless times. Although the city of Modesto started out as a small regional center serving the farming industry, called "Moo-desto" by city folk, it has grown into a far-flung suburb, serving commuters to jobs in Silicon Valley and in the eastern suburbs of San Francisco.

Modesto has become a small city filled with newer subdivisions and strip malls, falling mostly to the east of Highway 99, described by some as California's Main Street. Although Modesto is gradually merging with Manteca to the north and Turlock to the south, there is still a great deal of agriculture surrounding the city. To the east are the lakes and historical towns of the Sierra foothills, and beyond that is the crown jewel of the nation's park system, Yosemite. San Francisco sits 90 miles to the west.

Like many cities in California, Modesto is neat, clean, pleasant and surrounded by great entertainment and attractions. Modesto serves as a gateway to most of Northern California and offers an excellent quality of living.
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Source: The Modesto, CA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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