Modesto (Spanish for '"modest"') is the county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, United States. With a population of 218,464 at the 2020 census, it is the 19th largest city in the state of California and forms part of the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto Combined Statistical Area.
Modesto is located in the Central Valley, 68 miles (109km) south of Sacramento and 90 miles (140km) north of Fresno. Its distance from other places include 40 miles (64km) north of Merced, California, 92 miles (148km) east of San Francisco, 66 miles (106km) west of Yosemite National Park, and 24 miles (39km) south of Stockton. Modesto has been honored as a Tree City USA numerous times.
The city is surrounded by rich farmland. Stanislaus County ranks sixth among California counties in farm production, and is home to Gallo Family Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the United States.Led by milk, almonds, chickens, walnuts, and corn silage, the county grossed nearly $3.1billion in agricultural production in 2011. The farm-to-table movement plays a central role in Modesto living as in the Central Valley.
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