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Modesto, California

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Welcome to Modesto ...

The city of Modesto is located in Stanislaus County and is the County Seat for Stanislaus County.

When the people of Modesto refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Modestan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Modesto has a population of 214,221 people<2> (see below for details).

Modesto was incorporated August 6, 1884.

The community of Modesto is 90 feet [27 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Modesto lies in the Pacific Time Zone (PST/PDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Modesto: (209)

The ZIP codes for Modesto: 95350-95358, 95397<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Modesto had a population of 201,165 people (or 39.1% of the total population of Stanislaus County). This makes Modesto the county's most populous community.

The population of Modesto represents 0.54% of the total population of California (which has 37,253,956 people), making it the state's 18th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 201,165 people, the population of Modesto increased 6.52% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 188,856 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Modesto had an population of 214,221 people. This is an increase of 6.49% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 13.43% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Modesto.

Communities near Modesto ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are driving it.<5>.

Community   2017
Ceres   [Map]   48,697   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Escalon   [Map]   7,588   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Hughson   [Map]   7,498   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Lathrop   [Map]   22,781   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Manteca   [Map]   79,268   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
Oakdale   [Map]   23,150   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Modesto.

Communities Also Named Modesto ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Modesto - they are located in Georgia, Illinois and Indiana.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Modesto.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Modesto. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Modesto. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Modesto. Our list includes 22 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Modesto:

Websites for Modesto ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Modesto ...

Looking for more information about Modesto? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Modesto, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Modesto.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Modesto. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
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PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
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AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
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Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Modesto refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Modesto may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Modesto.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Modesto - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Modesto). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Modesto or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Modesto includes: 95350, 95351, 95352, 95353, 95354, 95355, 95356, 95357 & 95358.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Modesto. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Modesto) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Modesto. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Modesto

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Modesto. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6528, Longitude: -120.9938     [Map].

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<6>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Modesto.


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