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Modesto, California - Basic Facts

The City of Modesto had a population of 211,110 as of July 1, 2017. Modesto ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in California. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Modesto is located at latitude 37.6375 and longitude -121.0031 in Stanislaus County. The formal boundaries for the City of Modesto (see map below) encompass a land area of 44.59 sq. miles and a water area of 0.24 sq. miles. Stanislaus County is in the Pacific time zone (GMT -8). The elevation is 89 feet.

The City of Modesto (GNIS ID: 2411130) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

California is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Modesto is located within Modesto CCD of Stanislaus County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Modesto population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Modesto: Ralston.

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Modesto, CA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 211,110
Daytime Population: Workers 81,056
Daytime Population: Residents 123,975
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 205,031
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 208,272
Population in Familes 173,198
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,838
Population Density2 4,735
Diversity Index3 80


Median Household Income $51,514
Average Household Income $71,243
Per Capita Income $24,868


Total Housing Units 77,466 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 39,802 (51.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 32,312 (41.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 5,352 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $226,174
Average Home Value $282,760


Total Households 72,114
Average Household Size 2.89
Family Households 50,916
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.53% 0.63%
Households 0.49% 0.6%
Families 0.44% 0.59%
Median Household Income   0.94%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

Modesto, CA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Modesto to the other 1,516 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in California by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 18 99th
Population Density # 265 83rd
Diversity Index # 387 74th
Median Household Income # 899 41st
Per Capita Income # 955 37th

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