Eighteenth-largest city in California; 107th-largest city in the US, between Des Moines, Iowa, and Fayetteville, North Carolina
Race and ethnicity
4.2% African American
Median household income
Stanislaus County, E&J Gallo Winder, Modesto City Schools, Foster Farms, Seneca Foods, Del Monte Foods
One of the 25 most polluted cities in the US
Number two in car thefts per 100,000 people
In 2010, Modesto’s metropolitan area ranked 161 of the 162 listed in the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, just above that of Huntington, West Virginia
13.2% of Modesto households earned less than $15,000 in 2010, above both the California and national averages
2.7% earned more than $200,000, below both the state and national averages
Water Wealth Contentment Health
Notable former residents
Chandra Levy, George Lucas, Mark Spitz, Scott Peterson, Jeremy Renner
This piece is part of CJR’s Nov/Dec 2011 roundtable discussion of the future of news in Modesto, California, and places like it. For more on the topic, click here.
The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review.