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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Modesto is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 (14.11%), sales jobs (12.03%), and management occupations (7.18%).

The education level of Modesto citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.36% of adults 25 and older in Modesto have a college degree.

The per capita income in Modesto in 2010 was $23,034, which is middle income relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $92,136 for a family of four. However, Modesto contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Modesto is a very 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 37.18% 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 (17.47%).

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