Stockton, CA 95201
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Stockton is a
city in California and the seat of San
Joaquin County (the 5th largest agricultural
county in the United States). According to
2005 estimates by the California Department
of Finance, Stockton has a population of
289,800 and is the 13th largest city in
California. Stockton is also the fourth
largest inland city in California, behind
Sacramento, Fresno, and Bakersfield.
According to the California State Department
of Finance January 6, 2006 estimate, 668,265
people live in the Stockton Metropolitan
Stockton was named after Commodore Robert F.
Stockton and was founded in 1849 and
incorporated on July 23, 1850. The area now
known as Weber Point is the same spot where
Captain Charles Maria Weber built the first
permanent residence in the San Joaquin
Valley after acquiring 49,000 acres through
a Spanish land grant. Soon, he established
this spot as a stop for 49ers on their way
to the Sierra Nevada. It didn't take long
for this stop to grow and flourish.
Encompassing Interstate 5, State Route 99
and State Route 4, Stockton is strategically
located about 60 miles east of the San
Francisco Bay Area and 45 miles south of
Sacramento, the capital of California.
Stockton is surrounded by the rich and
fertile lands of the California Central
Valley and is home to the largest inland
seaport in California. In and around
Stockton are thousands of waterways, canals,
and rivers that comprise the California
In the past decade, Stockton and the nearby
communities of Tracy, Manteca and Lodi have
experienced a population boom. This is
largely due to thousands of people settling
in the area to escape the relatively high
cost of living of the San Francisco Bay
Area. This influx of new residents, however,
resulted in a sharp increase in the cost of
living of Stockton, although it is still
significantly lower than any Bay Area city
of comparable size.
In the midst of a massive, city-wide
redevelopment project (still in progress),
Stockton was twice named an All-America
City, in 1999 & 2004.
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