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.