Community Facts

Life in Stockton

Because of its Central Valley location, Stockton attracts a wide range of business and recreational activities. Our local San Joaquin/Sacramento Delta offers boating, fishing, water skiing and sailing catering to the water sports enthusiast.

Arts and cultural activities abound, with opportunities to enjoy a variety of art, music, theatre, dance and literary events, many of which are held at San Joaquin Delta College and University of the Pacific. Major music, museum, ballet, arts and theatre organizations in Stockton, for children and adults, draw audiences and participants from throughout the county.

Activities and social opportunities are abundant for senior citizens. Specially designed travel programs, bowling, golf, dancing, visual and creative arts, exercise classes, educational and instructional programs and more are offered. And of course, dining experiences from fine dining to ethnic faires are available to suit every appetite.

Climate

Stockton’s summer climate is warm with dry days and relatively cool nights, clear skies and no rainfall. Winter is generally mild with light rain and temperatures seldom below freezing.

Location

Noted for its central location, Stockton is just 25 miles west of the Sierra Nevada foothills, 49 miles south of Sacramento and 82 miles east of California’s Bay Area.

Stockton’s bench mark elevation at City Hall is 11.5 feet. However, the highest elevation is 32 feet and the lowest is zero.

Population & Growth

Between 2000 and 2020, San Joaquin County’s projected annual population growth rate is 1.92%.

Racial Composition

Quality of Life in Stockton

Community Events & Festivals

Go to VisitStockton.com for a complete list of events and festivals.

Education

The greater Stockton area is served by four school districts with seven high schools, four middle schools and 38 elementary schools. The county boasts of 128 elementary, 17 middle and 21 high schools, plus nine continuation high schools in 15 districts. For more information, contact San Joaquin County Office of Education.

Stockton Unified School District

Lodi Unified School District

Lincoln Unified School District

Manteca Unified School District

Higher Education

Healthcare

Number of Hospitals = 7
Stockton Skilled Nursing Facilities = 17
Convalescent Hospitals = 31
Number of Physicians = 1124
Citizen to Physician Ratio (County) = 502.3 Citizens per Physician

Housing

RENTALS: Apartment rentals in the greater Stockton area average $700-$1,100 for 1-2 bedrooms; $950-$2,500 for 3+ bedrooms. Source: S. J. Co. Rental Property Association (209) 944-9266.

MEDIAN PRICE: The median price for a home in Stockton is $228,000 as of May 2008. Source: Central Valley Assn. of Realtors (209) 858-1700.

COST OF LIVING: Stockton’s median household income in 2005 was $41,118. Cost of living ranges from 99.66%-114.94% vs. U.S. average of 100%.

Figures from Stockton Planning Dept. and COG; 2010 and 2020 estimated figures from SJ County General Plan.

Sports & Recreation

The California Delta, with over 1,000 miles of waterways surrounding Stockton, is a scenic wetland formed by several rivers. With over 100 marinas and resorts, families and individuals from all over the world come to the Delta to enjoy water sports.

Pixie Woods and Micke Grove Park & Zoo are wonderful parks for children and families, with a zoo, historical museum and amusement parks. Pollardville offers additional opportunities for fun with a ghost town.

Stockton hosts a variety of amateur and professional sports teams such as the Stockton Ports, a professional baseball team. The Stockton Heat hockey team calls Stockton’s 10,000 seat downtown arena home. Stockton has six public and four private golf courses, 50 parks, 41 baseball and softball diamonds and 60 tennis courts.

The Sierra mountains offers winter and summer sports, whitewater rafting and visiting Gold Rush towns, with Lake Tahoe and Yosemite being two to three hours away. Winetasting and tours are within a few minutes to an hours drive. San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean are about 90 minutes away, offering museums, professional sports teams, concerts, theater, beaches and more; while Sacramento, the State Capitol, is 45 minutes north of Stockton.

Business Development

Employment

For statistics on Labor Force, Largest Private- and Public-Sector Employers please visit the San Joaquin Partnership website.

Sales Tax

City of Stockton sales tax is 9.00%.

Standard Metropolitan Data

Stockton is the 13th largest city in the state, and the 71st largest city in the nation.

San Joaquin County is the 15th largest county in the state.

Transportation

HIGHWAY: Stockton is located on Interstate 5, the west coast’s major route from Canada to Mexico. Stockton’s Crosstown Freeway (Highway 4) connects Interstate 5 with State Route 99, California’s traditional, principal north-south freeway. Thirty-five major transcontinental truck lines and nearly 200 contract carriers serve greater Stockton and provide overnight delivery.

RAIL: Stockton is served by the Sante Fe, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. Daily passenger service by Amtrak is available to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento and other points.

WATER: The Port of Stockton serves the world through the Stockton Deepwater Channel to the San Francisco Bay. The modern port facilities handle dry and liquid bulk commodities and general cargo.

AIR: Serving the valley and beyond, the Stockton Metropolitan Airport offers passenger and air freight facilities and services.

BUS: Stockton is served by the San Joaquin Regional Transit District (SJRTD).

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