The city of Modesto, California is located in and serves as the county seat for Stanislaus County. Situated in the northern portion of the state, the city of Modesto is nearly 150 km east of San Francisco. Fertile agricultural land surrounds this modest-sized city. Stanislaus County ranks 6th in farm production among California counties, grossing more than $2 billion each and every year in agricultural products. Area farmers make mostly almonds, chickens, milk, cattle and walnuts.
Modesto was established in the year 1870. It was a train stop on the route between Sacramento and Los Angeles. Folklore says that the city was named Modesto after William C. Ralston, a financier in California refused to have the town named after him, and a Spanish-speaking railroad worker declared that Ralston was really modest - "Muy modesto" in Spanish.
Modesto region's fertile farmland comprises a lot of wineries, the most famous of which is E & J Gallo. The Gallo Glass Company is a major local employer, providing jobs in its large bottle manufacturing operation. Modesto people are also employed at steel plants and food canneries. Food processing facilities, like the Foster farms poultry plant and Blue Diamond Growers almond factory, are important employers. At least 20 percent of Modesto's labor force commutes to nearby counties for jobs.
Besides agriculture related businesses, major sectors are professional, management and related occupations, education, healthcare, accommodation and food service, social assistance and light manufacturing.
The city of Modesto has a vibrant culture scene with a strong arts sector. There are many local arts organizations, like for instance: the Central West ballet, Gallo Center for the Arts, The Townsend Opera Players, The Modesto Symphony and The State Theatre. Local attractions consist of The Great Valley Museum of Natural History, The McHenry Mansion and The Castle Air Museum.
The mild weather of Northern California makes the city of Modesto perfect for year-round outdoor recreation. Watersports like for example river rafting, boating and houseboating are popular here. The region has superb facilities for camping and golfing. Indoor recreational activities are available without charge at Beyer High School's large public skate park. Yosemite National Park is less than one hour away.