Modesto, CA


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Modesto is a relatively large city located in the state of California. With a population of 211,266 people and 47 constituent neighborhoods, Modesto is the 18th largest community in California.

Modesto is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Modesto is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Modesto who work in office and administrative support (14.13%), sales jobs (12.48%), and management occupations (7.30%).

In terms of college education, Modesto is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.60% of adults 25 and older in Modesto have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Modesto in 2010 was $22,878, which is lower middle income relative to California, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $91,512 for a family of four. However, Modesto contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Modesto is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Modesto home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Modesto residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Modesto also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 37.54% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Modesto include Irish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Modesto has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.06%).

The most common language spoken in Modesto is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.