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Modesto, CA

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Modesto sits roughly 100 miles south of San Francisco and is home to just over 200,000 people. The city has a healthy rural farming economy and culture, as the area’s rich soil makes it the 6th largest agricultural producer in California. Forbes ranked Modesto 8th in affordability and travel time in 2009. It’s also famous for being the backdrop for George Lucas’ American Graffiti. Perhaps because of this pop culture connection, Modesto hosts many fairs and festivals celebrating the classic 1960s.

Apartments for Rent in Modesto CA

$583-$806

Park Place Apartments
Beds: Studio-2  •  Baths: 1

$719-$1109

Live Oak Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

$785-$960

Park Lakewood
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

$760-$795

Whispering Woods
Beds: 2
Baths: 1

$725-$985

Stoneybrook Apartments
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

$730-$885

Meadow Lakes
Beds: 1-2
Baths: 1-2

Key City Stats

The average age of Modesto, CA is
10 to 14
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  • Age Demographic of Renters
  • 25 to 29 years
  • 30 to 34 years
  • 35 to 39 years
  • Male
  • 7.61%
  • 6.56%
  • 6.55%
  • Female
  • 7.41%
  • 6.42%
  • 6.02%
$981
is average rent in Modesto, CA
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  • Rent Range
  • $650 to $699
  • $700 to $749
  • $750 to $799
  • Percentage of household units
  • 3.68%
  • 4.47%
  • 5.79%
39.9%
of units are available for rent in Modesto
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  • Vacancy Status
  • For Rent
  • Rented, not occupied
  • Other vacant
  • Housing Units
  • 2332
  • 169
  • 1202
Getting Around in Modesto, CA

Modesto has a dedicated public transit network of city and county buses, but due to its prime location along Interstate 5 and Interstate 99, the main form of transportation is by car. The Modesto Area Express transit system (MAX) connects commuters with the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It’s also a major Amtrak stop on the way from Oakland and Sacramento to Bakersfield.

45
Walk Score®
"Car-Dependent"
31
Transit Score®
"Some Transit"
The average commuter time in Modesto is:
15 to 19 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 4.28%
  • 10.04%
  • 1.71%

Yosemite National Park

<p>Relative to other metropolitan areas in California, Modesto is close to the magnificent Yosemite National Park. Over 3.7 million visitors camp and hike through more than 750,000 acres of preserved sequoia forests, granite rock formations, and waterfalls. El Capitan and Half Dome are popular hiking destinations, and there are over 800 miles of trail to explore in the park (with everything from calm nature walks to intense backpacking routes). Day visits are most common, but it's also quite popular to stay overnight in one of the park's many campsites, and the park is accessible by car (for driving tours as well as access to campsites).</p>

McHenry Mansion

<p>The historic McHenry Mansion was originally built in 1882 by a local rancher, Robert McHenry. In the 1970s, the home was bought by the Gallo wine family, who funded efforts to restore the mansion to its 19th century glory and return it to the public. Today, it is a famous example of Victorian Italianate architecture, and a popular attraction to visit in downtown Modesto. Admission is free to the public, and visitors can enjoy exhibits on the history of the house and Modesto throughout the decades. The mansion is also an extremely popular wedding and special events venue.</p>

Art Walk

<p>The Downtown Modesto / Art Walk is an important piece of Modesto's efforts to modernize downtown Modesto (DOMO) since the early 2000s. On the third Thursday of every month throughout the year, local artists and businesses showcase their wares in the heart of downtown streets, often accompanied by acts from local musicians. This is a great way to mingle with the Modesto community, see the local arts culture first-hand, and even get involved through the numerous art demonstrations, shows, and special events. Self-guided tours are available, but many participants choose simply to wander the many exhibits and enjoy the relaxed but vibrant scene.</p>