Stockton is a culturally and ethnically diverse community which continues to grow steadily. With a population of 280,000, Stockton is considered the 13th largest city within California. 60 miles to the west is San Francisco Bay, and 83 miles west is San Francisco itself. The city is in a somewhat central location, with Sacramento situated only forty five miles to the south. The San Joaquin Delta waterway unites the San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers to San Francisco Bay.
With a major concentration on revitalizing the downtown area, the city of Stockton has just undergone a huge economic growth. Presently, there are plans to build or improve retail, apartments, housing, a baseball stadium, an indoor arena and a hotel. The arena would host four major sports teams: California Cougars Soccer, Stockton Ports Minor Baseball, Stockton Lightning Area2 Football and the Stockton Thunder Hockey. At the gateways of the city, Stockton is constructing various retail and entertainment centers. During 2003 the City Centre Cinemas, the 16 screen movie theatre, was developed.
At first, the economy in Stockton was practically exclusively agriculturally based. Nonetheless, as time has passed the city has diversified, with manufacturing plants and telecommunications becoming more common. The strong ties with agriculture will gradually become increasingly more important while the concentration on trying to find a renewable energy increases.
The land is quite reasonably priced and the nearness of the transportations routes have enabled the companies of Duraflame, Pac-West Telecommunications, and Golden State Lumber Company to build their regional operations in Stockton. The city is also great for those businesses based on renewable energy; amongst the biggest receivers of wind turbines is the Port of Stockton. There is an extremely reliable and efficient rail system within the city, that helps to make the distribution of goods go efficiently. Even with the bio diesel and ethanol plants constructed close to the Port, there is still more than 2000 acres of free space available
The city of Stockton is now presently developing green sustainable resources. The High Schools as well as various educational institutions are working along with the local governments so as to help in the education process dealing with renewable energy. The hope is there is a fast solution to the declining supply of oil.