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View Hundreds More Stockton Area Photos Stockton is located in the north central part of California, 83 freeway miles east of the San Francisco Bay area and 40 miles south of Sacramento. The Stockton area boasts 1,000 miles of waterways for recreation. Stockton is the County seat for San Joaquin County
The population of Stockton is approximately
The approximate number of families is 72,525 (1990).
The amount of land area in Stockton is 136.151 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Stockton is 56.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 2.454 sq kilometers.
The distance from Stockton to Washington DC is 2513 miles.
The distance to the California state capital is 37 miles. (as the crow flies)
Stockton is positioned 37.96 degrees north of the equator and 121.30 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Stockton elevation is 0-32 feet above sea level range. The average elevation is 15 feet above sea level. the elevation at City Hall is 11.5 feet above sea level.
Stockton median income is $27,718.
Median home price as of 11/2005 is $369,500 (one of the lowest prices in California), median price for California is $455,000
The climate for Stockton is temperate, with warm dry days and cool nights in the summer. Winter is usually mild with rare
freezing temperatures. Some light rain falls during the winter months.
The weather in Stockton is mild winters and warm summers.
Stockton average annual rainfall is 13.95 inches per year
Stockton average temperature is 63 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 45.2 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 59.0 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78.0 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 64.6 degrees F
Stockton had its origin in the California Gold Rush period when it served as a staging area for miners coming up river from San
Francisco heading for the Mother Lode country. Later, the City became the focal point for the agribusiness of the San Joaquin
Valley. The rich farmland supports agriculture as varied as tomatoes, asparagus, and, more recently, thousands of acres of wine
More recent years have brought a variety of business to the area. Over the last year, 3.14 million square feet of space was occupied by 17 new businesses.
The San Joaquin/Sacramento River Delta offers boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, and restaurants catering to water sports enthusiasts. Opportunities to enjoy music, theater, dance, literary events, and other cultural and entertainment activities abound.
In 1999, Stockton was designated an All-America City by the National Civic League. Each year the National Civic League receives applications from approximately 100 cities across the country for this prestigious recognition. Stockton received the All-America City Award for work the community has done to create new jobs, reduce crime, improve the Delta's environment, and revitalize the downtown area. These accomplishments were a result of cooperative efforts by Stockton citizens, community leaders, and government working together to improve the quality of life in our city. It is with great pride that the City of Stockton carries the title of All-America City.
"The City of Stockton is situated on a beautiful prairie at the head of Stockton Slough, a wide and deep arm of the San Joaquin River, which extends eastward some three miles from the river into the plain. … As a harbor, in point of capacity, Stockton possesses advantages over all other inland cities of California [in that] there is sufficient depth and breadth of water, at all seasons of the year, for all purposes of moorage and navigation."
Thus begins an 1856 narrative of the history of Stockton, California. Its
location at the head of a navigable channel, approximately 90 miles inland from
San Francisco Bay, enables the city to continue to serve as a major shipping
point for many of the agricultural and manufactured products of Northern
Stockton was founded in 1849 by a German immigrant, Charles M. Weber, who acquired over 49,000 acres of land through a Spanish land grant. Captain Weber tried his hand at gold mining in late 1848, but by the next spring, realized that the true wealth lay in providing for the rush of gold-seekers from all over the world, and established his town to serve those needs. As J. H. Carson, in his LIFE IN CALIFORNIA described it in 1849: "A rush and whirl of noisy human beings were continually before the eye. The magic wand of gold had been shaken over a desolate place, and on it a vast city had arisen at the bidding."
A colorful note: several names have been attributed to Stockton, including Tuleberg and Mudville. But Captain Weber chose to honor Commodore Robert F. Stockton by bestowing his name on the fledgling community. Stockton was the first community in California to have an American name, all others being of Spanish or Native American origin.
On July 23, 1850, the County Court granted incorporation of the City of Stockton, and eight days later a city election was held. Stockton's charter from the State of California dates from 1851. The current form of government is that of City Manager-Council; the mayor and representatives from the six councilman districts are chosen by city-wide election. Stockton is the county seat of San Joaquin County with a projected population of 254,000 by the year 2000.
Rich peat soil and a temperate climate have combined to make the area around Stockton one of the richest agricultural and dairy regions in California. Throughout the 150 years of Stockton's history almost every major fruit, nut and field crop has been grown, some with greater success than others. Current major crops include asparagus, cherries, tomatoes, walnuts and almonds plus many other smaller-production orchard, row and feed crops. Grapes amount to forty percent of the fruit and nut harvest and contribute 18% to the county's agricultural dollar. Prize-winning wines are produced from vineyards north of Stockton, contributing to the international reputation of fine quality California wines.
Stockton has been the home of the University of the Pacific since 1924, after moving from San Jose. UOP's longtime emphasis has been on music education, but now supports fine engineering and business schools as well as highly-regarded offsite dental and law schools. UOP's ivy-league ambiance complete with lovely old brick buildings and wide shady lawns have made it a movie location in many a feature film. In July 1998 the San Francisco 49er's football team began using UOP's facilties and stadium.
San Joaquin Delta College and an off-site campus for California University-Stanislaus
provide excellent public education.
The legendary Delta, created by the confluence of several rivers and many man-made channels-popularly known as 1,000 miles of waterways-is what in many ways defines Stockton and surrounding communities. Wildlife, irrigation, transportation and recreation all owe their existence and success to the muddy waters of the San Joaquin Delta. Interestingly enough, so do many movies, such as COOL HAND LUKE, BLOOD ALLEY, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN and many others, some not so notable. Stockton and environs have long been known in the entertainment industry as location-rich, both as fore and background.
Stockton supports very active and world-reknown civic theater, symphony, ballet and chorale groups. The Haggin Museum, small but rich in collections and exhibits related to local history and California history owns important works by late 19th and early 20th century artists. Notable among them is Albert Bierstadt, who was most well-known for interpreting the towering grandeur of Yosemite and much of California's magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains.
Stockton has been culturally and ethnically diverse since its beginning as a muddy-street gold-rush camp. Gold seekers from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Pacific Islands, Mexico and Canada all converged into the great melting pot that became California society. Today's diversity is reflected in Stockton street names, architecture and in the faces and heritage of a majority of its citizens. Throughout the year ethnic festivals reflect that diversity in the microcosm that Stockton has become for the world.
That sure doesn't sound like the next-to-worst -- as in 330th -- metropolitan area in the country, does it? That's how Stockton has been evaluated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander in a publication called "Cities Ranked & Rated." Stockton is next to last on their list. Ahead of only Laredo, Texas. It's doubtful Sperling and Sander -- who are based in Hoboken, N.J., the birthplace of Frank Sinatra but not populous enough to qualify for their own rankings -- ever spent a second in Stockton. They're just out to make a buck. Their publication is a mess that lacks insight, accuracy, heart and credibility. Such rankings are far from empirical. They're usually more about marketing. The authors pick opinion over fact-finding. With no timeliness. Stockton is changing far too rapidly -- and positively -- to pin it down.
Here's a sampling of the silly criteria "Cities Rated" used:
* Number of Starbucks outlets (the national average is 11, so these guys must really love coffee).
* Number of warehouse clubs.
* A category called "depression days per month."
Under its cost-of-living category, the study including a food index. Stockton is listed at 117 percent on a scale of 100, meaning food here costs 17 percent more than the national average. What that doesn't tell you is what you can buy here that's unavailable elsewhere. In all four seasons, we can buy fresh fruits and vegetables -- some of them exotic and more expensive. It's a trade-off most Californians would willingly make over trying to shop in Ann Arbor, Mich., or Pittsburgh in the winter. Both of those cities are rated in this publication's top 30.
The listing also follows the example of others in lumping Lodi
together with Stockton as a metropolitan statistical area. This is ridiculous. Why not Tracy? And Manteca? Or Ripon?
Lodi is smaller, quieter and less diverse than Stockton. It has a revitalized, charming downtown and a growing reputation
among wine connoisseurs. Stockton is bigger, much more complex and extraordinarily diverse. This report says Stockton is the
the eighth-most-diverse metropolitan area in the country -- that 65.5 percent of the time the next person you meet likely
will be someone of a different ethnic origin.
Even though this publication's ratings and reasons are amateurish, they do prompt some reflection on the area's weaknesses.
* Education. Public school test scores in general and the number of high school graduates advancing to a college degree are problems most educators are well aware of. Until our educational systems improve, all of San Joaquin County will suffer in any kind of ranking.
* Jobs and cost of living. It's no secret that unemployment hovers around 10 percent, well above the national average. The city now has new commuters driving housing costs up and making affordable homes an increasing challenge for those who earn a living on this side of the Altamont Pass.
* Crime statistics. Stockton's poverty rate and lack of educational achievement are linked to this troublesome reality.
* Air quality. This long has been a problem in the Central Valley. If anything, Stockton is slightly better off because of its proximity to Delta breezes. That advantage is being offset by the rapidly rising number of commuters clogging highways.
* Water quality. Rated well below the national average, part of the problem is out of the control of Stockton officials. The San Joaquin River has been diverted near its headwaters for nearly a century, limiting Stockton to an oxygen-depleted supply.
Many categories that brought Stockton and Lodi down are beyond local influence. For example, just by being in California they rate lower on tax issues. Yet few who live here would trade their California location for the oppressive summer humidity and bone-numbing winter cold experienced in other, more highly "Ranked & Rated" parts of the country. Millions of other Americans live in cities in the Midwest, hundreds of miles from mountains or ocean beaches.
We're within 90 minutes of both. Most of what "Cities Ranked & Rated" has to say is hardly worth reading. Some problems we face have been pointed out by similarly flawed surveys before. Stocktonians know where to find the problems and what needs fixing. Let's concentrate on those and not worry about how many Starbucks there are.
Oh, by the way, there are nine Starbucks outlets in Stockton and Lodi including one in the new Safeway in Lincoln Center south.
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