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Modesto is a city in Stanislaus County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for the Spanish term for "modest" after banker William C. Ralston declined to have the community named after him

The latitude of Modesto is 37.639N. The longitude is -120.995W.

It is in the Pacific Standard time zone. Elevation is 92 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 206,872.


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Median household income
Local
$40,394
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Modesto demographic reports
Modesto is at the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley, on the Tuolumne River
Laid out by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1870
The Modesto Arch, at 9th & I Streets, proclaims "Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health"
Public transportation: Modesto Area Express (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,409. The number of murders and homicides was 17. The violent crime rate was 6.9 per 1,000 people.
The 1973 movie, "American Graffiti," was based on producer George Lucas?s experiences growing up here
Well-known residents have included:
· George Lucas, director, producer, screenwriter
· Mark Spitz, swimmer, Olympic medallist
· Mike Allsup, musician (Three Dog Night)
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Gloria Jean's, Starbucks
Performing arts: Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation: Caswell and Merced River state parks, Tuolumne River Regional Park
Sports teams: Nuts (minor league baseball)
Historic sites and museums: McHenry Mansion, Georgette's Doll Museum, Great Valley Museum of Natural History, McHenry Museum
Colleges and universities: Modesto Junior College, Humphreys College - Modesto, Andon College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 106

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11% of Modesto residents report German ancestry, and 8% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Modesto ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Modesto was $17,797, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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16% of Modesto residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Modesto, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $551.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,119.


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Libraries in Modesto include Modesto Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Modesto include Modesto Bee

TV stations in Modesto include KUVS.

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Stanislaus County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Modesto political report.

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Modesto restaurants taking online reservations include Black Angus Steakhouse - Modesto, Dewz, Galletto Ristorante ... View restaurants

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The average commute time for Modesto workers is 26 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 46 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Modesto between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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