Modesto, California Population 2022

221,924
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Modesto is a city located in Stanislaus County California. It is also the county seat of Stanislaus County. With a 2020 population of 221,924, it is the 19th largest city in California and the 109th largest city in the United States. Modesto is currently growing at a rate of 0.79% annually and its population has increased by 1.58% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 218,464 in 2020. Spanning over 45 miles, Modesto has a population density of 5,164 people per square mile.

The average household income in Modesto is $77,657 with a poverty rate of 12.42%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,254 per month, and the median house value is $300,700. The median age in Modesto is 35.6 years, 34 years for males, and 37.7 years for females.

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 Population Statistics

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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Modestowas:

  • White: 68.29%
  • Two or more races: 8.84%
  • Other race: 8.03%
  • Asian: 7.65%
  • Black or African American: 4.96%
  • Native American: 1.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.07%
The current population of Modesto, California is 221,924 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 218,464.

Modesto, California Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Modesto Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Modesto Population by Race

Modesto Population Pyramid 2022

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Modesto Median Age

34.7


Total

33


Male

36.7


Female

Modesto Adults

There are 158,061 adults, (29,666 of whom are seniors) in Modesto.

Modesto Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

23.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Modesto Sex Ratio

Female

109,237

50.93%

Male

105,248

49.07%

Modesto Population by Age

Modesto Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Modesto Household Types

55.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Modesto Households and Families

3.53

Average Family Size

2.98

Average Household Size

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Modesto Households by Type

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Modesto Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Modesto Educational Attainment by Race

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 91.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 31.45%.

Modesto Educational Attainment by Race

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$40,094

Average Earnings

$45,095

Average Male

$34,048

Average Female

Modesto Earnings by Educational Attainment

Modesto Language by Age

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Modesto Language

63.22% of Modesto residents speak only English, while 36.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.73% of the population.

Modesto Language

Modesto Poverty by Race

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12.42%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.22%

Male Poverty Rate

13.57%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Modesto

The race most likely to be in poverty in Modesto is Asian, with 16.52% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Modesto is Multiple, with 10.66% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.80%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.98%.

Modesto Poverty

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Modesto Poverty Rate by Education

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Modesto Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Modesto Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Modesto Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.0%

Male Marriage Rate

44.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Modesto Married by Age and Sex

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Modesto Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Modesto Marital Status by Race

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Modesto Marital Status

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8,882

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Modesto Veterans by War

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Modesto Veterans by Age

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Modesto Veterans by Race

Modesto Veterans by Education

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6.96%

Veteran Poverty Rate

35.04%

Veteran Disability Rate

Modesto Veterans by Education

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60.9%

Labor Force Participation

55.7%

Employment Rate

8.5%

Unemployment Rate

Modesto Employment by Age

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Modesto Employment by Race

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Modesto Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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68.71%

Born in Modesto

82.02%

Native Born

17.98%

Foreign Born

9.19%

Non Citizen

8.79%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.02% of Modesto residents were born in the United States, with 68.71% having been born in California. 9.19% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Modesto Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Modesto Population by Year