Modesto Population 2018

Modesto is a city located in the state of California. It is the county seat of Stanislaus County, and it is also the largest city in the county by population. Its current population of 212,175 people makes it the 18th most populous city in California. It is one of the top farm production counties in California, with agricultural production including chickens, walnuts, almonds and milk. The city has also been ranked as one of the most affordable cities in the nation.

Modesto History

Modesto was originally founded as a railroad town in 1870. Its original name was to be Ralston after the man who financed the endeavor, but the man asked for it to be named something else. It was named “Modesto” after the man’s modesty. In Modesto’s earliest years, it had a population of over 1,000. Its agricultural land and the railroad made it a desirable place to live, so the population began to grow from the very beginning. By the time the 1900s rolled around, the population had more than quadrupled to over 4,500 residents.

The city has long had a history of agriculture and was a provider of many supplies during World War II, including canned goods and fresh eggs. Modesto’s county has been ranked sixth in terms of farm production. In 2011 alone, the county earned grossed over $3 billion in agricultural goods. The city is not just known for its agricultural goods but also for its architecture, which has been featured in Museum of Modern Art publications multiple times. The city has also been ranked as one of the most affordable, although it is ranked poorly in terms of job forecast growth.

Modesto is also a popular tourist destination, with people from all over the country coming to visit its museums, walk through its downtown streets, or to visit historic landmarks like the McHenry Mansion. Today, the city’s downtown area has been modernized to add new attractions and to create a tourist walk to showcase one of the original locations featured in the film, “American Graffiti.”

Modesto Demographics

Modesto’s population is estimated to be about 212,175. The last official population was recorded at the time of the 2010 census and shows that the city had 201,165 residents. The city stretches across nearly 45 miles, with a population density of over 4,937 people per square mile.

Sixty-five percent of Modesto’s population is white. Over 6% of the population is Asian, including Pakistanis, Koreans, Laotians, Chinese and Cambodians. Over 71,000 people are Hispanic or Latino, while there are nearly 2,500 Native Americans and almost 8,400 African Americans.

The largest age group is those under the age of 18, making up 26.8% of the population. This is followed by those aged 25 to 44, who make up 26.4% of the population. People aged 45 to 64 make up almost one-quarter of the population, while 11.7% are 65 or older. The median age is 34.2 years old. There are 95 males for every 100 females in Modesto. About 18.5% live below the federal poverty line. Another interesting fact is that about 32% of the population in Modesto is obese, which exceeds the state average of 22.7%.

Modesto Population Growth

Modesto has experienced growth in its population during almost every census. The exception was the period between 1890 and 1900 when a 15.7% loss was recorded. However, the city immediately bounced back, nearly doubling its population by the time of the 1910 census. While population growth was high through the 1990s, it has recently slowed. Estimates in 2016 show that the population at this time was 5.5% higher than the last recorded numbers in the 2010 census.

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Modesto Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race19,8379.35%
Two or More Races9,8284.63%
Black or African American7,8613.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2,0450.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,6060.76%

Population Pyramid

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Modesto Housing Indicators

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Median Number of Rooms (per House)
Houses Without Mortgage
Houses With Mortgage
Vacancy Rate
Median Rent
Median Home Value
Renter-Occupied Units
Owner-Occupied Units
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This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Modesto for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 8.9% and the labor force participation rate is 60.5%.

Modesto Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
Non Family Households
Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
Married Couple Families
Average Family Size
Average Household Size