Modesto, California Population 2019
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 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 agrarian goods but also for its architecture, which has been featured in the Museum of Modern Art publications multiple times. The city has also been ranked as one of the most affordable, although it is rated 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 historical 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 Population Statistics
Modesto’s population is estimated to be about 212,175. The last official population was recorded at the time of the 2010 census and showed 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.
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 people, 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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Modesto was:
- White: 72.65%
- Other race: 8.95%
- Asian: 7.74%
- Two or more races: 4.73%
- Black or African American: 4.16%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.00%
- Native American: 0.77%
Modesto, California's estimated population is 215,030 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Modesto, California is the 18th largest city in California based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 5004.71 people/mi² (1932.32 people/km²), with a household density of 675.36 people/km² (1749.19 people/mi²).
The overall median age is 35.3 years, 33.7 years for males, and 36.8 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.5 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 75,155 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1%, with a median rent of $1070/month. The median house has 5.3 rooms, and has a value of $236,200.
The median income for households in Modesto, California is $54,024, while the mean household income is $71,393.